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Gilbert Stanley YOUNG

Regimental number3497
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
SchoolBattery Point State School, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address7 Regent Street, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20.4
Height5' 6.25"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Tasman Young, 7 Regent Street, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed in school cadets and in the R.A.N. Reserve.
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name6th Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 17 September 1917
Place of death or woundingWesthoek, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
25
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart, Tasmania. Parents: Tasman (d. 9 July 1921, aged 64; bu. Cornelian Bay Cemetery) and Selina YOUNG (d. 22 July 1953, aged 97; bu. Cornelian Bay Cemetery)
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.

Found guilty, 7 July 1916, of conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline in that he failed to carry out instructions: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 15 August 1916, of disobedience of orders in that lights were not put out at 9.30 pm: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Admitted to 2nd Divisional Rest Station, Belgium, 3 October 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty, 7 October 1916; rejoined unit same day.

Found guilty, 1 January 1917, of conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline in that he left his work without permission, 31 December 1916: forfeited 2 days' pay.

On leave to England, 17 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 3 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 17 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOUNG Gilbert Stanley

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