114122 John William YOUNGER, MBE, 3 Coldstream Guards

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    Name Younger, John William
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Service No: 114122
    Regiment: 3 Battalion Coldstream Guards, 201 Guards Brigade, 1 Armoured Division
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Escape and Evasion and Special Operations
    Award: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 26 July 1945
    Date 1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/64

    114122 Lieutenant John William YOUNGER, 3rd Battalion COLDSTREAM GUARDS,

    Although Lieutenant YOUNGER tried to break though the enemy lines after the capitulation of TOBRUCK, he was captured on 21 June 1942, and was transferred to ITALY. After his release from Camp 49 (FONTANELLATO) on 9 September 1943, he spent four months with Italians in the PELEGRION area. At the end of January 1044 he went with two other Prisoners of War to join a newly formed partisan band, but a month later, as the prospects of receiving arms were still slight, he returned to PELEGRINO. Here he formed an organisation for sending escapers to SWITZERLAND, resulting in eighteen Officers reaching safety. A further period spent with partisans was terminated when Lieutenant YOUNGER was instructed to collect P/W for an evacuation scheme. During the return from this effort, which had proved a failure, the party was dispersed by the enemy. Lieutenant YOUNGER and another Officer therefore went back to PELEGRINO. Early in June Lieutenant YOUNGER again joined an active guerrilla band. Upon the conclusion of six weeks' service he was sent on a special mission to COMPIANO. Acting in accordance with instructions received, he participated in another unsuccessful evacuation scheme. He returned once more to PELEGRINO, where he collected all types of military information, passing it on to other British Officers for transmission to the Allied Forces. For a month Lieutenant YOUNGER commanded a Partisan group, which, under his leadership carried out acts of sabotage. Early in October 1944 he joined party of prisoners who were guided to an American unit at SERAVEEZA.

    Recommended for the award of the M.B.E.

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