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William Ramsay YOUNG

Regimental number1794
Place of birthCorkbrigg Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationButcher
AddressEast Street, Torrensville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Young, East Street, Torrensville, South Australia
Enlistment date3 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With another man, he rescued two wounded men under heavy fire. Later, he displayed great courage and determination in evacuating wounded, under most trying conditions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Military Medal

During the attack on German trenches north of FLERS on morning of 5th November, 1916, this man worked incessantly for 40 hours. He showed a dogged determination in continuing his work, organising parties and getting them down to R.A.P. He searched No Man's Land throughout the hours of daylight on both 5th and 6th November, 1916. He was under heavy shell fire the whole time. He did exceedingly good work at POZIERES on 4th/5th August, 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

Date of death9 January 1965

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