Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Glasgow honours 'forgotten hero' Lieutenant John Young

From the BBC News website today:

A memorial will be unveiled in Glasgow later in honour of a "forgotten hero" who was killed during World War II.

Lieutenant John Young died, aged 24, while covering a withdrawal in the face of a Japanese invasion of India.
His sacrifice on 31 March 1944 allowed comrades to prepare for the ensuing 64-day Battle of Kohima, which was a turning point in the war with Japan.

A granite plaque will be unveiled outside Lt Young's former home in Glasgow's west end.

The city decided to honour Lt Young after his story was brought to the attention of the council by Roy McCallum, the managing director of a local advertising agency. He came across the story of Lt Young's bravery, which had not been previously recognised, while researching his own family's military service.

Glasgow Lord Provost Bob Winter will unveil the memorial on the pavement outside 7 Jedburgh Gardens in the city's Kelvinside area.

It reads: "7 Jedburgh Gardens was the home of Lieutenant John M.Young, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders attached The Assam Regiment who, age 24, in World War II at Kharasom near Kohima, gave his life in a heroic stand to protect India from invasion having first saved the lives of the brave men he led."

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