Able Seaman J/14247 HMS Vernon Royal Navy
Edwin Young was the eldest son of Edward and Frances Elizabeth Young of “Ivy Cottage” 11 Station Road, Ash Vale (number 20 in 2010). Edward Young was a cab proprietor, and they had nine children, three boys and six girls.
The Ash Parish Magazine April 1906 records that Sidney Blake, Sydney Nash, Albert and Oliver Williams and Edward Young were amongst 35 boys who received prizes for good attendance at St Mary’s Sunday School. Edwin Young was one of the 35 old boys and evening class students from Ash Vale School who had enlisted and whose names were on the School Roll of Honour in 1915.
The Aldershot News 24 September 1915 reported the tragic death of Mrs and Mrs Young’s eldest son. A month previously he had gone to Portsmouth for torpedo training. On Friday 10 September he was setting a torpedo when the instrument exploded and he was blown to pieces. Only an arm and a leg were found that day. The main portion of his body was found a week later. The news of his terrible end had cast a gloom over everyone.
The Aldershot News 1 October 1915 reported that Edwin’s funeral had taken place at Portsmouth with Full Naval Honours. Some of his mates were allowed to attend.
Edwin Young's Service Record reveals that he had been an errand boy when he enlisted on 2 October 1911, and that he had brown hair and eyes, a fresh complexion and a scar on his right cheek. Edwin Young first joined the boys training ship HMS Ganges (at Falmouth), and then served on HMS Donegal, HMS Neptune and HMS Iron Duke. On 26 June 1915 he went to HMS Vernon where training was carried out on torpedos, antisubmarine devices, mines and ships electrics. The reason for his death was given as "premature explosion of mining charges". (TNA ADM/188/675)
The Naval Medal and Award Rolls record that he had earned the 1914/15 Star. His medals were sent to his mother.
Contributed by Keith Clarke