YOUNG, Robert Alfred
(Service number 7/486)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Second Lieutenant


Date 14 November 1882 Place of Birth Wanganui

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Hermitage, Mt Cook
Occupation Guide
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Robert Hunter YOUNG (father), Hamilton, New Zealand
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Balkan (Gallipoli); Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards Military cross

Award Circumstances and Date

For gallantry on the field of action. While in charge of the advance troop at Amman Egypt. He went forward with such dash that he demoralized superior numbers of the enemy which resulted in many prisoners falling into our hands. At one period under very heavy fire, he manoeuvred his troops with such skill that he checked the enemy's advance and although dangerously wounded, continued to encourage his men until reinforcements arrived. (London Gazette, 8 March 1919)

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 4 August 1952 Age 69 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert Alfred Young was born on 14 November 1882 (not 1887 as recorded on enlistment) at Wanganui, the son of Robert Hunter and Margaret Clara Young. In 1911 Robert was a musterer at Lumsden, but by 1914 he was employed as a guide for the New Zealand Tourist Department at the Hermitage, Mount Cook. He left by the train from Fairlie on 12 August 1914 with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles men from Fairlie. He was one of about 8,500 New Zealanders who left for war on 16 October 1914.

Robert Alfred Young was awarded the Military Cross on 8 March 1919, for gallantry in the field of action. [Refer Otago Daily Times, 10 November 1920.] On his return to New Zealand he was hospitalised in Christchurch. As a result of his injuries, he suffered 60% disability, having had his left leg amputated. He had given four years and 185 days service overseas. He was invested with the Military Cross by the Governor General in November 1920. He later took up farming at Kyeburn Diggings and moved to Christchurch in later years.

Robert married Noeline Mary Robinson in 1921. A portrait of Second Lieutenant R. A. Young, M.C., tken in 1919 in Christchurch, is held by Te Papa. A younger brother, Norman Stewart Young, who also served in World War I and embarked with the Main Body, was killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915. Another younger brother, Richard Gordon Young, who was also a guide at the Hermitage, enlisted for service in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 May 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [11 May 2020]; Otago Daily Times, 8 February 1919 (Papers Past) [11 May 2020]

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