WW2 Book of Remembrance - Surnames Y

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YEOMANS, Walter Edward * (Revised 30/05/2018)
YOUNG, Francis James * (New 29/05/2018)
YOUNG, Frederick John * (Revised 29/05/2018)
YOUNG, Joseph Walter (Revised 29/05/2018)

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YEOMANS, Walter Edward

Civilian
Died 18 February 1945, aged 60

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Walter was born in Camberwell on 31 March 1884, the second of at least five children born to "Carman" Henry Yeomans and Susannah (née Wright).

In Q3 1906, and registered in Camberwell, he married Amelia Mary Ann Kemp. The 1911 Census records the couple - and their first child. 3 year old Amelia - living at 1 Vilette Place Camberwell. 27 year old Walter is listed as a "Warehouseman in a Provision Merchant's" and 26 year old Amelia as a "Factory Hand in a Mineral Water Works".

The 1939 Register records the 55 year old parents living at 13 Waite Street, Peckham. Walter is listed as a "Despatch Clerk" and Amelia with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties". There is one currently closed record at the address, doubtless their second (and last) child, Violet, who had been born in Camberwell Q1 1924 and thus now 15. (Their first child, Amelia, had married Joseph Monger in Camberwell Q3 1930.)

On 14 February 1945, Walter was injured by the blast from a German V-2 rocket that fell at the junction of Waite Street and Trafalgar Avenue (the B215). Britons had got used to the V-1 flying bombs or "doodlebugs" that could be tracked as they crossed the coast and, when their distinctive pulsejet engines cut out, gave a few seconds' warning of falling to the ground where they exploded on impact - see the article about Cyril Allsopp. However, the V-2 (an abbreviation of Vergeltungswaffe 2 or "Retribution Weapon 2") was the first ballistic rocket. Having reached a height of some 60 miles, it fell towards its somewhat random target at supersonic speed - arriving and exploding with no warning.

A just-launched V2 rocket with others in preparation from their elusively mobile launchers
A just-launched V2 rocket with others in preparation from their elusively mobile launchers
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Almost all the 1,400 V-2s aimed at the UK fell on the London area. The Germans also directed V-2s elsewhere against the Allies: over 1,600 fell on Antwerp alone; France (76 V-2s) and the Netherlands (19 V2s) were also targeted.

The consequences of the V-2 that fell on Peckham on 14 February 1945, are described in the Camberwell ARP records:
"A LRR [long range rocket] penetrated a 3 storey houses at the SW angle of Trafalgar Av with Waite Street, forming a crater at ground level about 40 feet across by 10 foot deep. Blast caused the complete demolishing of 12 4 storey 'neo Greek' type of terrace houses of poor construction erected about 90 years previously. Damage beyond repair to about 25 similar properties adjoining the crater and damage calling for first aid repairs to properties within a radius of about 200 yards of the crater. Rescue operations were concerned with the release of 10 trapped casualties which were found by dogs. Initial casualties were 13 killed, 28 seriously injured to Kings Guys St Olav's and Dulwich. 60 slight injuries to first aid post or nearby hospitals. Search proceeding for 10 missing or trapped persons."
As noted above, Walter was one of those injured. He was taken to Horton Emergency Hospital, one of Epsom's "cluster" of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over for dealing with wartime casualties, but died there four days later, on 18 February 1945 and aged 60. (If Amelia and Violet were injured in the same attack, they recovered.)

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YOUNG, Francis James, Gunner (1700999)

356 (7th Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers) Independent Searchlight Battery, Royal Artillery
Died 1 June 1943, aged 33

Francis's headstone in the Ewell (St. Mary) Churchyard.
Francis's headstone in the Ewell (St. Mary) Churchyard.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2018

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

Francis was born in Ewell on 15 September 1909, the third child (one of which had died) of James Young and Alice Elizabeth (née Stevens - they married in St Mary's, Ewell on 28 December 1900).

The 1911 Census records the family living in West Street Ewell. 34 year old James (originally from Lanarkshire in Scotland) is listed as a "Gardener Domestic". As usual, no occupation is shown for 35 year old housewife Alice. Their children were 1 year old Francis and 4 year old Janet.

At some point the family moved to Cheam. The September 1939 Register records them living at 63 St Dunstan's Hill. 63 year old James is listed as a "Gardener, Invalid" (perhaps a consequence of WW1 service); 62 year old Alice with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties"; 32 year old Janet as a "Private Nurse"; and 30 year old Francis as "Gardener" (likely to be working with his father).

Francis attested into the Royal Artillery in 1940 and served in 356 (7th Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers) Independent Searchlight Battery. Searchlights were a vital part of Britain's night-time Anti-Aircraft defences, illuminating targets for the gunners and, when two searchlights locked onto a single target, able to provide valuable information on range and bearing. Searchlights were themselves thus a target for the raiding aircraft and, as noted in Casualty List No. 1162, Francis was killed in action on 1 June 1943, aged 33.

His death registered in the Thanet District of Kent. He was brought home for burial in the old part of the Churchyard at St Mary's Ewell. His parents took the option of adding a personal inscription to his headstone on Grave 576, Grave
"Peace, perfect peace."
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YOUNG, Frederick John

Civilian
Died 18 February 1945, aged 44

Not listed in the Book of Remembrance

The fairly common names in John's family make it difficult to trace much of the background in the readily available records.

The first confident sighting is in the 26 July 1925 record of the marriage of 25 year old Frederick John Young to 24 year old Violet Victoria Sparkes in St John's, Smith Square, Westminster. The Register records their address at the time as 36 Probyn House, Page Street, Westminster. Frederick's occupation is listed as "Labourer (Gas Company)". His father, another Frederick, is listed as a "Draper" and Violet's (Charles Henry Sparkes" as a "Hotel Kitchen Clerk".

The couple do not appear to have had any children. The 1939 Register records them living alone at 27 Lingfield Crescent, Eltham (about 3 miles south of Woolwich). The now 39 year old Frederick is still a "Gas Worker" and 38 year old Violet (apparently preferring to be known by her second name of Victoria) is listed with the conventional "Unpaid Domestic Duties".

On 31 August 1944, Frederick was injured by enemy action while at home in 27 Lingfield Crescent. He was taken to Horton Emergency Hospital, one of Epsom's "cluster" of mental hospitals that, as for WW1, had been taken over for dealing with wartime casualties. He died there nearly six months later, on 18 February 1945, aged 44.

If his wife was injured in the same attack, she recovered and, in Q3 1949 (and registered in the Woolwich District), the widowed Violet Victoria married again, to William A Clark.

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YOUNG, Joseph Walter. Sergeant (1170647)

12 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died 6 January 1942, aged 20.

Joseph's family background is more than usually complicated.

He was born Q1 1922, the son of 44 year old Middleton Walter Young and 21 year old Hilda Kitcher, who were not married. The birth was registered in the Lewisham District, consistent with the address (136 Rangefield Road, Bromley, Kent) at which his father had lived before his death, aged 51, in Lewisham Hospital on 12 January 1929. Hilda was granted the administration of his will. In 1934, the 33 year old Hilda married 20 year old Joseph Young (a son from Middleton's 1899 marriage to Alice North). The marriage was registered in the Lewisham registration district and, in 1935, they were living at 17 Ermine Road, Lewisham - probably with 13 year old Joseph.

In Q3 1941 (not more than three months before his death) Joseph married Margaret Irene Wharton. The marriage was registered in the Surrey Mid Eastern District. Margaret - who the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's post-war records note was "of West Ewell, Surrey" - was probably the daughter of Wilfred and Ethel Wharton who were recorded in the 1939 Register living at 28 Northey Avenue, Ewell.

Joseph's service number was issued at RAF Cardington in April 1940. He then served in 12 Squadron, part of the RAF's Bomber Command. In 1942, the Squadron was stationed at RAF Binbrook in north Lincolnshire, flying Vickers Wellington bombers.

A Vickers Wellington II of 12 Squadron, June 1941
A Vickers Wellington II of 12 Squadron, June 1941
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On 6 January 1942, Joseph was one of the six-strong crew on Wellington II W5523, on a mission to bomb the German-held port facilities of Brest in NW France. The aircraft was hit by flak near the target, caught fire and fell into the sea with the loss of all on board.

As one of the 20,000+ WW2 aircrew from bases in the UK and NW Europe with no known grave, Joseph is commemorated on the Runneymede Memorial.

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With thanks to Brian Bouchard for tracking down the mission information

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