Private Kenneth Jack Young

Service number 614
Birth Date 1894
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Elsternwick
Death Date 1918-07-04
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Hamel
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Kenneth Jack Young was born in 1895 at Elsternwick, Melbourne in 1985 to John and Mary Young. He was their only son. In his youth, Young moved to Adelaide with his family. He settled in the Port Adelaide area and became a farmer.

Kenneth Jack Young enlisted for the Australian Imperial Force on 21 January 1916 as a private in the 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion. He embarked on HMAT Afric on 9 June 1916 and disembarked at Marseilles on 20 July 1916. Young saw his first wartime action in November 1916. However, he was soon hospitalised with bronchitis and spent several months convalescing. After his recovery in April 1917, he was sent to Belgium, but was again hospitalised due to a mild heart disorder. After recuperating in Boulogne, Kenneth Jack Young went to England to study at 3 Signal School in Wiltshire. He re-joined the 43rd Battalion at the battlefields of France on 4 May 1918. Young took part in the Battle of Hamel on 4 July 1918 where he sustained a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and died at the age of 23. Kenneth Jack Young was buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension in northern France.



Date of birth 1894
Date of enlistment 21 January 1916 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of embarkation 09 June 1916 Aboard A19 'Afric'
Date of death 04 July 1918 Died of wounds