Monday 25 March 2013

Acting-Corporal Richard William Young

Born on 1 October 1894 in Marmora, Ontario - son of John Herbert Young, Cordova Mines, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as miner; single; no current military service; previously served with the 49th Regiment (four years); Methodist; height of 5 feet 2.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; brownish black hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 20 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410440) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - buried in Courcelette British Cemetery (grave X.A.20), France.

(Includes a photo of Acting-Cpl Young's headstone at Courcelette British Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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