Howard Leland YOUDS

YOUDS, Howard Leland

Service Number: 1198
Enlisted: 14 September 1914, Enlisted at Morphettville
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bowden, South Australia, 29 July 1896
Home Town: Croydon, South Australia
Schooling: Hindmarsh Public School
Occupation: Hairdresser
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Turkey, 30 July 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula
Plot 11, Row G, Grave 4,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1198, Enlisted at Morphettville
27 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, 1198, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Themistocles embarkation_ship_number: A32 public_note: ''
27 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, 1198, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War  Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Grace Colsey

Howard Sealand Youds (Sealand is his given name however some records list him as Leland or Lealand) was born on the 29th of July 1896 in Bowden South Australia to Mr Thomas Youds Sr. and Mrs Teresa Youds. He was baptised on the 2nd of September at St Paul’s Anglican Church Port Adelaide. His father was originally married to Mrs Mary Woolley and had Thomas Youds Jr and two girls. Mary unfortunately died in 1889. Mr Youds then married Mrs Teresa Blackwell and had Howard and his brother, Clarence Gordon Youds. Their parents both passed in 1902 when Howard was six years old and Clarence was eight. 

Howard attended school at Hindmarsh Public School and lived in Croydon, Adelaide. He was an Anglican (Church of England) and attended services at St Barnabas, Croydon. Today there is a stained-glass window in the church in memory of him and three other local soldiers who served during the war.

Before he joined the war effort, Howard was a hairdresser by profession and one of the founding scoutmasters of the 1st Croydon Troop. He was also a member of Senior Cadets for four years however was initially rejected by the AIF due to lack of height.

When he enlisted the second time, he was 18 years old. He was recruited to the 10th Infantry Battalion and served under Col. S. Price Weir. His embarkation was on the 22nd of December 1914 aboard the Themistocles from Melbourne. Two weeks earlier, Howard’s half-brother, Thomas Youds Jr. had died and he had to bear the pain of this news along the journey.

His older brother Clarence had also enlisted in the AIF and was an acting corporal with the 10 Infantry Battalion.

Howard was killed in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Before that, he was shot in the leg and admitted to hospital on the 30th of April 1915. After a short period of recovery, Howard returned to the firing line and died on the 30th of July, the day after his 19th birthday.

Howard Youds was buried in Shell Green Cemetery, Turkey. His next of kin and brother, Clarence Youds, returned to Australia, married and died in 1966 when he was 72.