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Regimental number5247
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway porter
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Young, 45 Havana Street, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 October 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919

Military Medal

'North of POLYGON WOOD from 28th/29th September, 1917, acting as stretcher bearer and showed great bravery under fire. When sniped at by enemy machine guns he continued to attend to the wounded and their comfort was his only consideration. He passed through shell gas to get to wounded men and showed wonderful patience courage and devotion in the execution of his duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date20 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir (date not recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916; taken on strength, 47th Bn, in the field, 4 September 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 April 1917; transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 April 1917; to Ambulance Train, 11 April 1917, and admitted to 56th General Hospital, Etaples, 13 April 1917 (gonorrhoea); discharged to Base Depot, 24 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 5 June 1917.

Awarded Military Medal, Belgium.

Promoted Corporal, 23 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 31 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 10 September 1917.`Transferred to 48th Bn, 28 May 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 11 August 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 28 October 1918.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 28 September 1918.

Detached to 4th Army Musketry School, 5 October 1918; rejoined Bn, 27 October 1918.

Detached for duty to 4th Division Bus Service, 12 January 1919; rejoined Bn, 26 February 1919.

Marched out for return to Australia, 26 March 1919; marched in to 4th Command Depot, Hurdcott, 1 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Port Napier’, 12 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 4 July 1919; discharged, Brisbane, 20 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, YOUNG John

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