Are you related to a Victoria Cross hero?

COUNTY MAN...Thomas Young, who is to feature in an exhibition on Durham VCs.
COUNTY MAN...Thomas Young, who is to feature in an exhibition on Durham VCs.

A SOUTH Tyneside holder of the Victoria Cross features in an appeal for information on County Durham’s First World War heroes.

The story of Boldon Colliery-born Thomas Young is to be told in an exhibition to be staged by the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery about those born in the county or who served with the Durham Light Infantry, and were awarded the VC during the First World War.

Young, whose real name was Morrell, was born at Boldon in 1895.

He won his VC in 1918 while serving as a stretcher bearer in France, where he saved the lives of nine comrades under heavy fire.

He died at Whickham in 1966.

He is one of 10 VCs who will feature in the exhibition.

Relatives or anyone else with a connection are being urged to contact the museum, in Durham, especially if they have any memorabilia relating to the men.

Gillian Kirkbride, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery manager and curator, said: “We have already made contact with the families of some of the men but we are keen to hear from as many more as possible.

“This is the first time we have attempted to tell the stories of all 10 men together so we want to do everything we can to give as full and accurate a picture as possible.”

Anyone who can help with information can telephone 0300 266590 or e-mail dli@durham.gov.uk

•To see a full list of the VCs who will feature in the exhibition, visit the website HERE.