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Lieutenant, 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Killed in action on Saturday 5th June 1915, Gallipoli, age 31.

Remembered on Helles Memorial, Turkey, panel 158 to 170.

Former student of weaving.


 

Edmund was born at Marple on 26th August 1884 to Colonel Thomas Pilkington Young and his wife Margaret Anne. The grandson of the late Squire Turner of Marple, Edmund was educated at Bilton Grange, went to Rugby in 1899, and entered Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1902 to read science. He was then employed by T.P. Young, Cotton Weavers Manchester, and in 1906-07 enrolled on a Weaving Course in the Department of Textiles at The Tech. Edmund was a prominent member of the Manchester Football Club and in 1912 became an Assistant Commissioner of the South East Lancashire boy scouts. For many years he was a member of the Peak Forest Beagles Hunt.

When war broke out Edmund was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment and quickly advanced to Lieutenant. In September 1914 his unit went to Egypt and then, in May 1915, to Gallipoli. Edmund took part in a big advance on 4th June 1915 and was killed in the early hours of the 5th while attending to a machine gun in a trench that had been taken from the enemy.

Edmund left £14985 7s. 6d. to his mother and a solicitor called John Ledlie Marriot. His brother Malcolm Henry Young, serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers, died in June 1916 in France.

The Commonwealth Graves Commission (CWGC) records Edmund’s date of death as 10th June 1915, but the current consensus seems to be that 5th June is more accurate. His middle name is also recorded as Taylor on CWGC, but everywhere else as Turner.