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William Lancelot YOUNG

Regimental number2504
Date of birth--/04/1891
Place of birthDimboola, Victoria
SchoolAuburn and Rainbow State School, Victoria
OccupationCommercial traveller
Address6 Milton Avenue, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, F D Young, 6 Milton Avenue, Mosman, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF45
Promotion date: 24 February 1916


Unit: INF45
Promotion date: 16 June 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

At time of enlistment William Young was employed at S. Gardener and G. Waterhouse and was in charge of their Newcastle Farming operations. He sailed from Sydney as a quartermaster sergeant in the Shropshire on 18 August 1915. Travelled to Egypt in time for Zeelan, Egypt. At Gallipoli from 11 October 1915 until the evacuation when he was deployed to garrison work on the canal in Egypt. He received his commission in Egypt and gained his Captaincy and M.C. after leading four raids against the Ypres Salient, Belgium.

FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt William Launcelot Young on NR
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialWytschaete Military Cemetery (Plot V, Row B, Grave No. 21), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick Druce and Euphemia Agnes YOUNG, Rainbow, Victoria

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He organized and led a raid against the enemty trenches with great courage and skill. He has previously done fine work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: Corporal Bruce Young, 10th Battalion, who was wounded at Pozie?res and returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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