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William Eric Liddell Young was born in Glasgow on the 25th of October 1897, one of eight children of widow Catherine Ellen (née Greayer) and John Liddell Young, a ladies costumier. He also had an older brother from his mother's previous marriage with John Harrison.
Young attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1914 as a part time student of drawing and painting whilst working as an apprentice ladies tailor.
From 1914 to 1915, he was recorded as a part time student of design but had resigned to join the Territorials. Young returned in 1918 to 1919 as a full time student of drawing and painting.
During the First World War, Young served as a private in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, The Royal Fusiliers and the Scottish Rifles battalions.
Young died on the 21st October 1980. Young is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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