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Robert James YOUNG

Regimental number340
Date of birth9 October 1891
Place of birthVictoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressMoama, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, James G Young, Moama, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 14, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 16 August 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3410
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource during operations near Peronne on 1 and 2 September, 1918. When his officer was killed, and his section suffered heavy casualties he took charge of the remainder, and went forward under heavy machine gun fire to reconnoitre the positions, where he then moved his guns to meet the enemy counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 February 1961

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