Military Provost Staff Corps

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Soldier Details:
Surname: Young
Initials:   R.H.
Rank:   L/Cpl A/Cpl
Army No.:  P/1373
Notes:   MFP. From Paddington. Later A/CSM. Awarded the 1915 Star, Victory and War Medals. First served abroad (1) France, 28/6/1915 to 11/11/18. Later served in Metropolitan Police. Address|: absent voters list 1918, 43 Brockley Rise, Lewisham, London. Reuben H Young. Two members of the X Division, Metro Police now serving in France with the Military Police have been mentioned in dispatches by the General Commanding the French Military Mission attached to the British Army. The Constables honoured are PC R H Young, 393 (now acting Sgt, and PC G E Taylor, 879 (now acting Cpl), of Harrow Road Police Station. On August 9th, 1916 during a fire resulting from a heavy bombardment by the enemy, acting Sgt Young showed "conspicuous courage and devotion to duty. By his energy and self-control he was of great assistance in putting out the fire and evacuating the wounded." This mention in despatches carries with it the Croix de Guerre with which he was decorated on October 17th. We gather that L/Cpl Taylor has been similarly honoured, but this is not very clear from the letter we received. Police Review 27/10/16, page 436.

Decorations/Medals/Awards (3)
  1. Decoration:   French Croix de Guerre Gazette Date: 1917-02-14 Gazette Issue: 29943 Gazette Page: 1592
Citation:   MFP. Attached town Commandant Arras. France & Flanders. Extract from Birmingham Daily OPost - 15/2/17. Croic De Guerre. P/1373 Lce.-Corpl. (Acting Sergt.) R H Young, Military Foot Police.
  2. Decoration:   Distinguished Conduct Medal Gazette Date: 1919-01-01 Gazette Issue: 31092 Gazette Page: 47
Citation:   MFP. L/Cpl (A/CSM) Town Commandant Arras. Notification of DCM.
  3. Decoration:   Distinguished Conduct Medal Gazette Date: 1919-09-03 Gazette Issue: 31534 Gazette Page: 11174
Citation:   MFP. DCM Citation. P/1373 LANCE CORPORAL (ACTING CSM) R H YOUNG ARRAS DETACHMENT MILITARY FOOT POLICE During the British offensive in the latter part of August 1918, when the traffic through Arras was abnormally heavy, he largely contributed to the excellent result that there was not a hitch anywhere, remaining on duty as much as twenty hours a day, in spite of frequent shelling and bombing, thus maintaining and improving the reputation he had earned for conscientious work under conditions of danger during the two and a quarter years that he has been in Arras. He has never spared himself, but has invariably set a fine example of devotion to duty and self-sacrifice.