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 Alfred Young

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Alfred Young

Birth
Death 14 Jul 1915 (aged 34–35)
Burial Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Plot F. 2. 44
Memorial ID 7468835 View Source

The inscription reads : 'In ever loving memory of Bessie Agnes, the beloved wife of Alfred Young, who fell asleep June 16th. 1911. "If innocence and truth and love refined, And every virtue of the heart and mind; If these can raise to heaven's blissful sphere, I comfort find, for my beloved is there." Also of the above-named Alfred Young, Detective 5 Division, Metropolitan Police, who was shot whilst in the execution of his duty, 14th. July 1915, aged 35 years. "Death divides but memory ever clings."' At 10 p.m. on the night in question, Detective Young and Detective Sergeant Askew had gone to a house in Holly Hill with a warrant to arrest Richard Gorges, who had been lodging there for six weeks. Gorges was a 42-year old retired Army captain, who had threatened to shoot any policeman who tried to arrest him. The police had visited the house earlier in the day and had removed a revolver and ammunition. Unfortunately, Gorges had a second gun, with which he shot and killed Detective Young. Gorges' defence was that, whilst serving in South Africa, he had had a severe attack of sunstroke. This led to repeated headaches and what his lawyer described as "a condition of grave excitement" whenever he had a drink. A local doctor confirmed that Gorges was an alcoholic, and several witnesses confirmed the accused's testimony that he had been drinking heavily on the night in question. The defence lawyer contended that Gorges was angry because he thought the first gun had been stolen, and the second gun had gone off by accident. It was held that Gorges coukld not be held responsible for his actions due to the huge amount he had had to drink. Consequently, he was pronounced not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter, and was sentenced to twelve years. The judge said : "Manslaughter is a crime of infinite variety, and the variety which the prisoner had committed was near akin to murder." N.B. Most of the information about this grave and, indeed, many of the others in this cemetery comes from "The Good Grave Guide to Hampstead Cemetery", by Marianne Colloms and Dick Weindling (ISBN 0-904491-47-1.)

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  • Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 20 May 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7468835
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7468835/alfred-young : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Young (1880–14 Jul 1915), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7468835, citing Hampstead Cemetery, Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .