Sergeant Herbert Oswald Youhill 15/1569

Sergeant Herbert Oswald Youhill 15/1569 Born. October 7th 1889, Leeds. Died on Remembrance Day 1961. Herbert Oswald Youhill, a very gentle and quiet man, was born in Leeds on the 7th October 1889. Like many of his generation, as a young man,he was a keen sportsman and played for several football teams including St Wilfreds and Studley Amateurs (see picture below) On leaving school he trained as a clerk with London and North Eastern Railways.

 

Studley Amateurs 1906-07. (Youhill - Centre Front Row)

He joined the Leeds Pals in the second draft enlisting on June 21st 1915. It was not long before he was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant, serving in Egypt and France before being seriously wounded by German shellfire. He crawled for 3 days, with his horrific injuries which included the loss of his calf muscle in the right leg and wounds to his left forearm, to reach a dressing station behind the lines. He was evacuated to Stokesay Court Hospital in Shropshire, England where after convalescing for almost a year was discharged as no longer fit for Military Service on the 15th March 1918. Herbert   Youhill was awarded the Silver War badge on the 30th March 1918. His official discharge certificate states "Honest, Sober, Reliable and Trustworthy". Returning to L.N.E.R after the war, he retired in 1954. Ironically, Herbert died on Remembrance Day 1961. His Son wrote the following obituary:-

"Rests in the peace for which he fought so long"

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