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Arthur Henry YOUNG

Regimental number438
Place of birthLong Ashton, Bristol, Somerset, England
SchoolParochial School, Long Ashton, Bristol, Somerset, England
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address14 Clifton Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10.75"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Young, Beadon Cottage, Long-Ashton, Bristol, England
Previous military serviceNil
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4483
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialRue-David Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No 2), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
25
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Nathan and Elizabeth Young, Wyke Cottages, Long Ashton, Somerset, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 September 1915.

Admitted to 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 29 October 1915 (cellulitis); rejoined unit, 10 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 18 May 1916, of being absent without leave from 2015 to 2115, 16 May 1916: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 3 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 3040406: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3384 Sapper A. McAULEY, Australian Army Medical Corps, detailed 8th Field Company Engineers, 16 February 1917: 'He was working in a sap in front of our front line on the night of 19th. July and, with others, failed to come in next morning.'

Second statement, 246 Sapper E. WHITECHA [cannot be identified](patient, No 5 General Hospital, Rouen), 5 June 1917: 'Young and [839/4408 Pte A.McK.] Eadie were in a demolition party at Flers on the date mentioned. The parties consisted of six men each. I was in command if (sic) another party. The Battn. on our left retired without giving us warning, and the Germans got right round our left flank and we got badly cut up. There was a terrible mix up and we lost a lot of men. Young and Edie were both missing when the rest of the Coy. got back to the trench. There is very little doubt that they were both killed.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOUNG Arthur Henry
Red Cross File No 3040406

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