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William Thomas YOUNG

Regimental number3861
Place of birthDunolly Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationRailway employee
AddressConstitution Road, South Bunbury, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M Young, c/o E Mann, York, Western Australia
Enlistment date25 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 17 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollRegimental Quartermaster Sergaent
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He rushed a party of the enemy alone, and killed several of them with bombs. He rendered invaluable service throughout the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Military Medal

'Sergeant YOUNG displayed great gallantry during the attack east of JEANCOURT on 18th September, 1918. He commanded his platoon and led them on to the tapes When the barrage opened he personally led and encouraged them. There was a temporary check in front of GRAND PRIEL WOOD from machine gun fire. Sergeant YOUNG realising the importance of falling back from the barrage, rushed out alone towards the wood. The firing stopped and the men then captured 70 prisoners without firing a shot.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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