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William YOUNG

Regimental number4130
Place of birthStuart Mill, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9.5"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinMother, Jessie Young, Charlton Road, St Arnaud, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Unit name1st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Field Artillery Brigade
FateDied accidentally (burns) 10 November 1916
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialLonguenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery (Plot IV, Row A, Grave 77), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Arnaud Cemetery, Victoria. Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: Arthur (d. 24 December 1927, aged 78; bu. St Arnaud Cemetery) and Jessie (d. 2 March 1937, aged 85; bu. st Arnaud Cemetery) YOUNG
Other details

Deserted at Fremantle, Western Australia.

Re-embarked Fremantle on board HT 'Hororata', 26 April 1915.

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 June 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 22 July 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 21 August 1915.

A5mitted to hospital, Malta, 31 August 1915 (crushed foot); transferred to England, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 24 September 1916.

Embarked Weymouth to rejoin the MEF, 28 March 1915.

Transferred to 5th Division Artillery, Tel el Kebir, 1 May 1916; taken on strength, 25th Howitzer Brigade, and posted to 114th Battery, Ferry Post, 2 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Transferred to 115th Battery, 7 July 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, 22 August 1916; rejoined unit, 2 September 1916.

Admitted to 1st New Zealand Field Ambulance, 1 November 1916 (accidental burns), and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 3 November 1916; condition listed as 'dangerously ill', 5 November 1916.

Died of accidental burns, 10 November 1916.

Court of Enquiry found that '4130 Sgt Young, W. received injuries from extensive burns on head & face & arms at 115th How. Bty but there is not sufficient evidence before them to determine the cause of the fire, the Soldier was on duty at the time.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOUNG William

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