Leonard Ross YOUNG

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YOUNG, Leonard Ross

Service Number: 6655
Enlisted: 1 September 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kadina, South Australia, 23 August 1898
Home Town: Bews, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Wounds (GSW thigh), Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
(XXIII - A - 6) Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Alford War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Kadina War Memorial Arch, Tickera War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6655, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6655, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6655, 50th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

Ross was 5 and a half months old when his father---William John Young died, and 3 and a half years old when he lost his mother --Edith Young nee Roach.

He was brought up by his grandparents, William Alexander and Jane Young (nee Dingle) with the help of his aunt--Florrie Hewett.

Only 2 years younger than his uncle - Eddy Young, 3 years younger than Harold and 1 year younger than Frank Hewett, he had plenty of company in a strong family group.

He enlisted in the 1st A.I.F and was killed at Ypres, Belgium when just 19 years old.

Such was the love of his 3 Uncles--Andrew, Eddy and Fred, that they each wished to name a son "Ross".

The first born was Eddy's son, Ross.  Andrew named his farm at Pinnaroo , first occupied in the year Ross was killed "Rosslyn" and this was also the name of the house  in Pinnaroo.

(From the 'Forever Young' Family History book)

 

An 18 year old farmer prior to enlisting on 1 September 1916, he embarked for overseas with the 19th Reinforcements of the 27th Battalion from Adelaide, S.A. on 24 January 1917 aboard HMAT 'Miltiades'.  While undergoing further training in England, he transferred  to the 50th Battalion, joining the battalion in Belgium on 25 August 1917.

After being wounded in action at Westhoek Ridge, Belgium on 26 September 1917, he died of wounds that same day and was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

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