YOUNG, Richard Arthur
(Service number 25036)

Aliases Enlisted as John Albert SMITH.
First Rank Gunner Last Rank


Date 5 August 1897 Place of Birth South Canterbury (Winchester?)

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Linton
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs R. YOUNG (mother), 32 Alexander Street, Richmond, Christchurch
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 15th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery
Date 26 July 1916
Transport HMNZT 59 Waitemata or HMNZT 60 Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 15 December 1945 Age 48 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 95, Plot 505
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Richard Arthur Victor Young was the son of Richard and Sarah Elizabeth (née Budd) Young. Richard enlisted under an assumed name - John Albert Smith, perhaps to disguise the facte that he hadn't rechaed 20 years of age. His date of birth was given as 1894, whereas it was actually 1887. A statutary declaration proved his correct name. He married Elizabeth Mabel Pretoria Gaby (Mabel) in 1919. .


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 January 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [13 January 2017]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [15 January 2017]

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