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Robert Carmichael Young

Rai Valley War Memorial, 1939-1945. Image kindly provided by John Halpin, CC BY John Halpin 2012.

Rai Valley War Memorial, 1939-1945. Image kindly provided by John Halpin, CC BY John Halpin 2012.


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Carmichael AWMM
  • Surname
    Young AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 10681 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 September 1902 AWMM HavelockPelorous Sounds AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM Rai Valley, Marlborough AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. E.H. Young, Rai Valley, Marlborough (mother) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 10681 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lieutenant R. C. Young, MM; Halcombe; born Havelock, 6 Sep 1902; farmer. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.84.)

    'After the attack had gone through Galatas, a steady stream of refugees came down the road past the 23rd headquarters established on the side of the road. Sergeant Young and Corporal Wastney examined them carefully to make sure no Germans were among them. Throughout the fighting in Crete, Bob Young, although only a private at the time, carried out the duties of Intelligence Sergeant with conspicuous success. Frequently employed in liaison work between companies and between the 23rd and Brigade, he normally made a habit of collecting the maximum amount of useful information. As Lieutenant Bassett wrote of him later: ‘Steady as a rock and undauntedly cheerful, he reconnoitred night and day without ceasing, his reports being always full and accurate.’ Lieutenant R. C. Young, MM; Halcombe; born Havelock, 6 Sep 1902; farmer.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. pp. 84.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Rai Valley War Memorial, State Highway 6, Rai Valley, Marlborough AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.84, 89, 202. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.206 AWMM

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