Born: 7 August 1873 in Newhall, Cheshire.
Family: He was the fourth of nine children born to William Young, a farmer, and his wife Elizabeth. He had four brothers, Thomas, William, Charles and Harold and four sisters, Elizabeth, Gertrude, Elsie and Rosa. He married Sarah Evelyn Johnson in 1922 in Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire; no children can be confirmed for the marriage. Sarah died in 1962.
Residence: The 1881 and 1891 census records shows him living at Sheppenhall Hall, Hollin Lane, Newhall, Cheshire; by 1901 he had moved with his family to Whitchurch and was living at 5 Talbot Street. He was still there in 1911. The address shown on the 1919 Absent Voters’ Register is 9 Richmond Terrace, Whitchurch; an address of Richmond House, Whitchurch is on his medal index card (the 1911 Census records confirm these are the same address). The 1939 Register shows him living in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Education: Records for 1882 show that he attended Sound County Primary School.
Employment: He trained to be a vet and served in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. The 1939 register gives his occupation as dairy farmer.
Died: 26 October 1967, Chester.
Other information: When he volunteered John left a very successful veterinary practice in the hands of a locum, Mr Thomas Dalling. Thomas volunteered himself in 1916 and the practice was temporarily suspended.
Regiment: Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Date of Enlistment: 1 October 1914
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Not known