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Biographical entry Young, William Henry (1786 - 1879)

MRCS Nov 15th 1815; FRCS (by election) Aug 26th 1844; MD Erlangen.

12 August 1879
Wrington, Somerset
General surgeon


Entered the Army as Surgeon's Mate, unattached, on Dec 19th, 1811. In May, 1813, he became Hospital Assistant, and on June 3rd, 1813, was gazetted Assistant Surgeon to the 40th Foot. He went on half pay on Oct 26th, 1814, and exchanged on full pay, on Feb 16th, 1815, to the 74th Foot. Being again placed on half pay on Oct 25th, 1819, he joined the 9th Royal Veteran Battalion on Nov 1st on full pay. After another period of half pay from May 25th, 1821, he exchanged to the 88th Foot on full pay on Nov 8th, 1821, joined the 8th West India Regiment on March 10th, 1825, exchanged to the 23rd Foot on Oct 11th, 1831, was raised to the Staff on Dec 19th, 1834, promoted to Surgeon on March 18th, 1836, on joining the 48th Foot, and finally retired on half pay on Nov 3rd, 1854.

He was on active service in the Peninsula from March, 1812, to January, 1813, which included the second siege of Badajos and the Battle of Salamanca. During 1813-1815 he was engaged in the campaigns in Germany and the Netherlands, in the attack on Bergen-op-Zoom, and at the Battle of Waterloo. For these services he received the Peninsula Medal and Clasp and the Waterloo Medal.

In later years he served much in India. At the time of his death he was one of eight medical officers receiving a special pension of £100 a year for meritorious service; and dying at Wrington, Somersetshire, on Aug 12th, 1879, he was one of the last of the Medical Staff who had served at Waterloo.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Johnston's RAMC Roll, No 3394].

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