Lance Corporal James Elvidge Young, 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders

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Lance Corporal James Elvidge Young 7644, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

James Elvidge Young was born on the 30th April 1884 in London.  He was the youngest son of James and Euphemia Young.  The family eventually moved to Scone.  His father was a Butcher and they owned the Butcher shop and house in Perth Road.  James emigrated to Canada and met his wife, Christina, there.  On their return, he settled in Glasgow with his wife and their two children.  At the outbreak of War, James enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders.  He had a couple of run-ins with the military authorities and could be described as “a bit of a lad”, but he showed himself worthy of leading men.  He was soon active in France and involved in a number of offensives.   Lance Corporal James Elvidge Young was killed in action on 30th April 1916, the day of his 32nd birthday, at St Elio.  He is buried in Kemmel Chateau Militery Cemetery, Belgium.  He was awarded the Star, Victory and British War medals.




  • Elaine

    Sep 7, 2015 - Reply

    Pleased to see Jame Elvidge Young mentioned here.
    He was my grandfather’s cousin.

    • Peter Olsen

      Sep 15, 2015 - Reply

      Hi Elaine
      Thank you for your interest
      His full story will be featured in the October issue of Destiny, the Scone village magazine

      Scone Remembers

      • Elaine McAlpine

        Jul 1, 2016 - Reply

        Hello, is the magazine online? Thanks, Elaine

        • Peter Olsen

          Jul 14, 2016 - Reply

          Hi Elaine
          Sorry for the delay in answering
          Alas, the magazine Destiny is not available online its a local community newsletter
          Peter Olsen
          Scone Remembers

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