George Percy Young

George Percy Young

Birth
Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Death 19 Jun 1908 (aged 21)
Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Burial Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 107565942 · View Source
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Violet Reid Reavie's poem Old Timers
"Nellie Young's brother Percy loved the water and his dog,
He could paddle a punt or an old floating log.
Sometimes on a picnic with us kids he would go,
With baskets of lunch and some tricks for a show.
We'd cross the creek and up the steep hill.
Never tried to step on a thing we might kill.
We would play many games of give and take
And often look down on the beautiful lake.
Then back home across the creek he would row.
'Twas another happy memory of long, long ago."

Aylmer Express, Thurs., 25 June 1908, Front Page
"On Friday night after the storm Percy took a row boat about nine o'clock and with a lantern went out to look at some night lines one half mile east of the pier. He had not returned at 11 o'clock when his parents went to bed, but nothing strange was thought of this as it was not an uncommon occurrance to be gone longer and later on such trips. About 5 o'clock the next morning Mrs. Young awoke and finding that Percy was not in his room and that he had not occupied his bed during the night, she awakened Mr. Young who at once got up and instituted a search. The boat was found on the shore about twenty rods east of the pier, with his coat, lantern, shovel etc., undisturbed, showing conclusively that it had not capsized. About a mile below where the boat was found the body was discovered on the shore, a little later on. It is certain that the incident occurred very shortly after he had left the end of the pier. That he never reached the point where the lines were set is also certain, as an examination showed that they had not been disturbed or baited. How the accident occurred will never be known for certain but it is supposed that he was standing up for something when a large wave struck the boat and threw him off his balance into the lake. He was not a good swimmer. Under favourable circumstances he could swim a little, but with his clothes all on and a big sea running he was helpless."
"It will be two years next month since his cousin Mr. Bruce Young was drowned while bathing, and no one knows just how his sad death occurred.' (Transcribed in 1989 by Bruce C. Johnson Jr., Port Bruce, Ontario)

St. Thomas Daily Times, 20 Jun 1908, p. 1, c. 2
"Drowned at Port Bruce
Percy Young, Aged 24, Falls Out of Boat While Fishing, and Being a Poor Swimmer, Was Easy Prey.
Port Bruce, June 20 - A very sad drowning accident occurred here last night, when Percy Young, aged 24, only son of Mr. and Mrs. George Young, lost his life in Lake Erie.
The unfortuanate young man left home about 9 o'clock last night, and went out alone in a rowboat on the lake. He proceeded about a mile down the lake to bait night lines, located about a quarter of a mile from the shore. It is thought by experienced fisherman that a big wave threw the unfortunate young man out of the boat as he was leaning out to bait the lines. He was not a good swimmer, and as there was a heavy undercurrent, it is surmised that he was unable to regain the boat.
As it is a common occurrence for fisherman to stay out until the early hours of the morning, the young man's parents retired without feeling the least uneasy about their son's absence. About 5 a.m. his mother rose, and noticing that her son's room had not been occupied, awakened her husband. The latter immediately instituted a search for the missing boy up the creek, and no trace of him being found, the search was contunued to the lake.
The body was found on the beach about 8:30 by Arthur Lee and Cecil Smale, about a mile east of the village. The boat was found drifting about the lake, and it had not been capsized.
This makes the fourth drowning fatality at Port Bruce within the last ten years. Just a year ago Bruce Young, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Young, and a cousin of the present victim was drowned here.
The utmost sympathy is felt for the parents of the unfortunate young man."


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YOUNG /In Memory of/George Percy/Son of/George & Addie/ YOUNG //Died June 19, 1908;/In his 23rd year./"God bless our darling boy."


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  • Created by: Bruce Johnson
  • Added: 30 Mar 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 107565942
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Percy Young (8 Aug 1886–19 Jun 1908), Find a Grave Memorial no. 107565942, citing Dunboyne Cemetery, Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Bruce Johnson (contributor 47661260) .