4 May 1797 - 14 Jan 1879
Date added: 16 Mar 2015
According to his army records, James Young was born on 4th May 1796 in Killyleagh Co.Down Ireland, and his father is named as Joseph Young. He joined the 6th Inniskilling Dragoon Guards at Lisburn, Co. Antrim in 1812, on his 16th birthday, and fought at Waterloo on June 18th 1815, when the Dragoons were brought into the Battle at 2pm in the afternoon. He was in Captain Brown's Troop.
He claimed [from his obituary article in 1879 in the "Blaigowrie Times "] that he was wounded with a sabre cut across his thigh and a shoulder wound, but this is not confirmed in his Army Records. He is named on the Waterloo Roll as a Drummer.
He retired from the Army in 1840 at the age of 44years 8 months. He married 3 times;
1. to Mary Peake in Truro in 1817- 2 years after Waterloo and had 8 children, born all over the British Isles and Ireland, wherever he was stationed.
2. to Elizabeth Morris in Edinburgh in 1842 and had one son. Elizabeth died a year after her son was born.
3. to Helen Young in 1845 in Edinburgh and had 3 daughters, the last one born when he was in his 60's.
He died on 14 th January 1879 at 3, Tannage Street, Blairgowrie aged 84. His burial in Blairgowrie Cemetery, was with full Military Honours. There were over a thousand people attended, with a band, and a gun salute was fired over his grave. He was known in Blairgowrie as "Watery" and was quite a character. On the anniversary of the Battle each year he would appear in the town wearing his greatcoat decorated with laurel and greenery, carrying a lengthy sword, and would decorate his house in the same way too. His Waterloo medals were kept by his 3rd family's eldest daughter, but were destroyed by a bomb hitting their house in an air raid on Glasgow, in World War 2.
Pam Pearce- his great great granddaughter from his first marriage.