YOUNG, Michael Joseph
(Service number 4/873)

First Rank Sapper Last Rank


Date 28 July 1884 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Mrs Miles, Woolcombe Street, Timaru
Occupation Engine driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Mary YOUNG (mother), Hunter, Makikihi, Timaru; Mrs E. YOUNG (wife), 37 The . . . . , Chilterne, Wiltshire, England
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Field Engineers
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Labourer; farmer


Date 21 August 1968 Age 84 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1D, Plot 294
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Michaerl Joseph Young was born on 28 July 1884 at Waimate, the eldest son of William and Mary (née Hogan) Young. His father died in 1905 and was buried at Waimate; his mother lived on, a widow, until 1937.

Michael James was an engine driver residing at Timaru when he enlisted. He married Elizabeth Stuart Tomes on 24 May 1916 in Lambeth, London. Elizabeth already had a child, Harold Stuart (born in 1911 in Lambeth), who may have been adopted by Michael and did grow up with the Young name. Michael and Elizabeth had another son born in England in 1919 – Colin Crag Young. Michael Joseph Young died on 21 August 1968, aged 84 years, and was buried in Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch. His brother, James George Young, also served in World War I. Eng M. J. Young and Pte J. G. Young were listed in the Waimate Daily Advertiser Roll of honour from February 1917.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 July 2002]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 July 2002]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 24 February 1917 (Papers Past) [24 July 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [23 July 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [24 July 2020]

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