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Robert James YOUNG

Regimental number282
Place of birthAberdeen, Scotland
Other NamesYOUNG, Robt James
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFireman
AddressCracknell Road, Annerley, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.5"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Young, Cracknell Road, Annerley, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years 9 months in 9th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date23 December 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSIG SGT
Unit name25th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 January 1920
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack near MONT ST. QUENTIN, North East of PERONNE, on 2nd September 1918, this N.C.O. volunteered to endeavour to obtain visual communication with Brigade Headquarters. He selected a position on a hill which was being heavily shelled at the time. He remained there for half an hour trying to establish visual communication. When this failed, he at once ran out a line to Brigade Forward Station through very heavy machine gun and artillery fire, and remained out on the line the whole day, keeping it in order. Throughout the whole operation he showed an utter disregard of danger, and set a fine example to all his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date28 April 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Megantic', 9 January 1920; disembarked Sydney, 27 February 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 28 April 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOUNG Robert James

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