John Youell, son of Walter John and Maude Beatrice Youell, of Sparkhill, Birmingham, served with the Royal Engineers before volunteering for Airborne Forces in 1943.
He qualified as a military parachutist on course 80, which ran at RAF Ringway from 30 August to 9 September 1944 and was posted to The 591 (Antrim) Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers.
Sapper Youell took part in the D-Day landings to Normandy, during Op Overlord. Sapper Youell died on 6 June 1944, aged 20 years old. He is now buried in collective grave at Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy.
Headstone image supplied by Sgt Terry Youell 3 PARA