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Martin Nicholson’s excellent cemetery website includes a page on Merridale Cemetery in Wolverhampton. One of the images is that of the grave of James Richard Young, apparently a Sergeant Major with the 20th Hussars. The gravestone states that he “died from illness contracted while serving in the Great War” on 16 April 1919, aged 43 years.

His death is corroborated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, although this entry states that he was a Staff Sergeant Major in the Labour Corps (service number 213157). His next of kin is given as his wife, Mrs. M.P. Young, of 47, Smeaton Street, Wolverhampton. According to the registration of his death, he was apparently 44 years old when he died.

Searching through the military records also reveals that he was awarded a Silver War Badge excusing him from active service due to sickness on 14 December 1917, having been discharged on 23 August 1917. He enlisted with the Labour Corps: Lanarkshire Yeomanry on 16 November 1915. It was presumably this sickness that eventually killed him.

However, I have been unable to confirm details of his birth or his marriage, as neither seems to have taken place in Wolverhampton. Presumably the couple moved there at some point later on.

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