BORN HULL 1894. SON OF ROBERT YOUNG & (JANE) ELIZABETH USHER, OF BEAN STREET, HULL. ONE OF SIX CHILDREN. SISTER MARIA, NORA AND MARTHA. HIS BROTHER JOHN ALSO SERVED AND STEP BROTHER ROBERT WILLIAM USHER DIED IN 1925. THE FAMILY LIVED AT 14 NORMAN TERRACE, CAMBELL STREET AND 131 ADELAIDE STREET, HULL.
HE WORKED AS A PORTER AT LOFTHOUSE AND SALTONS, CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER. HE ENLISTED ON 28/03/1911, AS 1213, 4TH EYR. MARRIED 17/01/1916. WIFE ETHEL GERTRUDE HARRIS – 9 OPEN COURT, ADELAIDE STREET, HULL. ARRIVED FRANCE IN 17/04/1916. WOUNDED. KILLED IN ACTION TWO MONTHS LATER DURING A GAS ATTACK, ON 17/06/1916. HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE RETURNED TO HIS WIDOW ETHEL.
HE IS ALSO RECORDED ON THE BEAN STREET ROLL OF HONOUR (Hull Daily Mail 11 October 1916).
1/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment – Map 28 Wytschaete – 17 June 1916, War Diary reads:-
12.25am Enemy released Gas opposite E trenches, the wind at the time was North and rather variable. It blew the gas across the ‘New Cut’ trench E3. E1. E6 trenches. The gas cloud was very thick and lasted about 20 minutes. Few casualties were caused at first, but the after effects proved fatal in several cases, 2nd Lt WF Carlton was killed in F Trench, 2nd Lt Gresham very severely wounded, 2nd Lt Sutton slightly wounded, 2nd Lt WRR Brown and 2nd Lt Marshall were affected by shock and gas and left the trenches.
The Total casualties were, Officers killed 1, wounded 3, other ranks killed 10, wounded 74, missing 1. 5 other ranks of the wounded subsequently died at the dressing station at LINDENHOEK. 2nd Lt GH Lofthouse sick to hospital.
18 June 1916
Quiet day no casualties. 2nd Lt Carlton and 17 other ranks were buried at LINDENHOEK Cemetery, N.27.c. These men were casualties on the 17/06/1916. Six were killed by shellfire, 11 died of gas poisoning. 2 men of the wounded died in hospital and 2 others were buried at LOCRE.