John Buchanan YOUNG

YOUNG, John Buchanan

Service Number: 926
Enlisted: 22 January 1916, Maitland - C Company
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wiamangaro, New Zealand, 1897
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Weston State School, NSW
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Messines, Belgium, 6 June 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

22 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 926, 34th Infantry Battalion, Maitland - C Company
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 926, 34th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 926, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
21 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 34th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 926, 34th Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 926 awm_unit: 34th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Lance Corporal awm_died_date: 1917-06-06

LCpl John Buchanan Young

From Peter Barnes, Australia and NZ in WWI

Private John Buchanan Young (later Lance Corporal), 34th Battalion of Weston, New South Wales.

Prior to enlistment, Lance Corporal Young served for one and a half years in the 14th Battalion, Citizens Military Forces (CMF) before enlisting on the 22nd of January 1916, aged 19 years.

He embarked from Sydney with the 34th Battalion on HMAT Hororata on the 2nd of May 1916, and whilst in England, was promoted to Lance Corporal on the 21st of August 1916.

He proceeded to France on the 21st of November of the same year. Lance Corporal Young was reported missing in action on the 7th of June 1917 near Ploegsteert Wood.

In a letter to his local Member of the House of Representatives the Honourable Matthew Charlton, dated the 3rd of August 1917, Lance Corporal Young’s father writes “It is with regret I write to you to ask you to see if you can help me as we are in very sorrow and trying affliction. I have a son at the front and he is reported missing since the 11th of June and I ask you to for god sake to assist us and try and find out if he is alive or dead…Please do try and get some news of him and let us know at your earliest convenience and you will release and earn the lasting gratitude of his distracted parents…”

A court of enquiry held on the 20th of November 1917, resolved that Lance Corporal Young was killed in action between the dates of the 6th-12th of June 1917 in the vicinity of Messines.

Lest We Forget.

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

John Buchanan YOUNG was born in 1897 in Wiamangaro, New Zealand - he arrived in Australia aged 12 years

His parents were John Buchanan YOUNG & Selina BARNES - they married on 24th December, 1889 in Newcastle, NSW and had children in New Zealand & New South Wales - his father John was born in Lanarkshire in Scotland & his mother Selina was born in Wales

He had previously served in the CMF & Cadets for 18 months with the 14th Infantry Regiment (Hunter River) before he enlisted in Maitland on 22nd January, 1916 & embarked from Sydney on 2nd May, 1916 on the HMAT Hororata with the 34th Infantry Battalion, C Company

John was Killed in Action on 6th June, 1917 at the Battle of Messines - no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial


His brother William Galloway YOUNG (SN2361) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919 - he served under the name of William Young BARNES