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Harold Sydney YOUNG

Regimental number2863
Place of birthWaverley, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address45 Park Street, Erskineville, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4.75"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs L Young, 45 Park Street, Erskineville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Andrew Richardson
Discharge date7 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 20th Bn, Australia Hill, 5 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 7 June 1916 (otitis media); transferred to 2nd Australian Division Rest Station, 9 June 1916; rejoined unit, in the field, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 29 July 1916 (shell shock); transferred same day to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to Ambulance Train; admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 30 July 1916; transferred to England, 6 August 1916, and admitted to Norfolk and Norwich War Hospital (condition 'slight'); marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 25 August 1916.

Found guilty, 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, of being absent without leave from Tattoo, 28 September, until apprehended at 1820, 6 October 1916: forfeited 16 days' pay; total forfeiture: 25 days' pay.

Due to proceed overseas to France, 21 October 1916; did not proceed; instead admitted to Isolation and did not march out with draft.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 21 October 1916; discharged, 4 November 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 15 days.

Found guilty, 29 November 1916, of at Rollestone, 6 November 1916, being absent without leave from 0800, 5 December, until apprehended at 2000, 29 December 1916: awarded 10 days' detention and forfeiture of 20 days' pay; total forfeiture: 48 days' pay.

Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 6 February 1917 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Assistant Provost Marshal, 22 February 1917.

Tried by District Court Martial, Larkhill, 30 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 13 January to 9.30 pm, 16 June 1917: pleaded Guilty. Found Guilty. Awarded 9 months' detention; forfeited a total of 441 days' pay. Unexpired portion of sentence remitted as from 9 October 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 October 1917; rejoined 20th Bn, in the field, 20 October 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 November 1917 (enteritis); transferred to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Outreau, 25 November 1917; to England, 7 December 1917, and admitted to Horton Hospital (County of London), Epsom, 8 December 1917 (diarrhoea); transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 2 January 1918; discharged on furlough, 11 January 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 25 January 1918.

Tried by District Court Martial, 3 April 1918, for being absent without leave from 5 March until apprehended at Warminster, 21 March 1918: found Guilty; awarded 40 days' detention, and forfeiture of 69 days' pay.

Marched into Lewes Detention Barracks, 19 April 1918; sentence remitted as from 6 May 1918.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, 12 May 1918 (fractured right ulva); discharged from hospital, 1 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somali', 10 December 1918 (chronic ulcer, right leg); disembarked Sydney, 10 February 1919; discharged, Sydney, 7 April 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death30 May 1944
Age at death52
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOUNG Harold Sydney

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