Albert Victor Young was born in Thame in 1883 to Mr and Mrs John Young of the Four Horse Shoes public house in Park Street, Thame. The youngest son of six children. Albert worked at the pub and was well known in the town. The family later moved to 5 Upper High Street, Thame
Prior to the war Albert served for seven years in the Royal Irish Rifles. As a National Reservist he joined up on the outbreak of hostilities in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (10097) and was drafted to France in late 1914.
In November 1915 he was wounded and returned home and on recovering joined the Machine Gun Corps (10304) and was again sent to France, just before Easter 1916.
He would have served throughout the Battle of the Somme but was killed by shellfire on 26th October 1916. It was reported at the time that he was buried with one of our own men who had fallen a few days before and with full respect and dignity, however post war his grave could not be identified and he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial to the missing.
Albert is remembered in Thame on the War Memorial and on St Mary’s Church Honour Board and on All Saints Honour Board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France on 31st October 2015 by Cllr Linda Emery (Deputy Mayor of Thame) & Cllr Helena Fickling