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Young, Walter William


He was born Hastings the son of Francis Young a timber worker who embarked Melbourne 27th September 1915 on board “HMAT Hororata” with the 26th Infantry Battalion. 

He was killed in action 3rd May 1917 at Bullecourt France and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. 

His brother Pte Leslie Keith Young (No 6608) was killed in action in France 6th April 1917 and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.


Military Medal

In the attack on Pozieres Ridge on the 29th July 1916 he carried out his duties as a runner in a conspicuous manner and assisted his Company Commander who was wounded to safety.  During the operations on the 4th to 5th August he was attached to his Company Commander as a runner.  He carried out his duties under the most trying conditions.  He carried several despatches through heavy shell fire and was finally wounded while taking a message along the captured trenches which at that time was not a continuous line.  His courage and devotion to duty throughout were most marked.

London Gazette 21st September 1916



Mrs F Young of Hythe has received the sad intelligence that her son, Private W. Young was killed in action on May 3. His brother, Private Leslie Young was killed four weeks previously. Private W. Young enlisted in February, 1915, but while in camp met with an accident, resulting in his being discharged as medically unfit

He volunteered again in the following July, and entered camp forthwith, leaving Tasmania in September and was among the first to arrive in France. He took part in the battle of Pozieres and was awarded the D.C.M.  Another brother remains on active service.

Huon Times 8th June 1917




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