Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2009, Private Johnathon Young, 3rd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's), was killed in Afghanistan.
Private Young had joined the army eighteen months earlier. The tributes paid to him on the MoD site speak of an extraordinary young man, charismatic, dedicated, inspirational, courageous and full of humour. His potential was recognized and he effortlessly became popular and respected. He volunteered for Afghanistan and deployed three weeks before his death. Private Young’s section reinforced a platoon which had suffered losses earlier, and he was immediate made Lead Scout. He was killed while on patrol near Forward Operating Base Wishtan, clearing routes in what was described as an IED-heavy patch. It was reported that he stepped on an IED and died instantly;
Major Sam Humphris said of him. “The death of Private Young has come as a devastating blow to Burma Company. He was a committed and extremely diligent young soldier who, in his short time in the company, had made a real mark. He was most definitely a regimental star in the making. He was utterly personable, a delight to be in the company of, and his infectious sense of humour made him an exceptionally popular member of 6 Platoon and Burma Company. That he managed to marry this sharp sense of humour with a polite and caring nature was to his absolute credit. He had a strong sense of duty with energy and enthusiasm in abundance. It came as no surprise to me when he volunteered to serve his country on operations in Afghanistan. That he was killed on the day of the Afghanistan elections marks the sacrifice he has made as particularly poignant. I feel honoured to have served with, and commanded, someone of his singular quality. He will be sorely missed by all of us in Burma Company, but never forgotten. God rest.”
Johnathon, from Hull, was 18 years old.