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Charles Lefanu Young

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Yorke - Young, C (photo J Halpin 2010) (CC-BY John Halpin)

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Yorke - Young, C (photo J Halpin 20 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Lefanu AWMM
  • Surname
    Young AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Charles Le Fanu Young AWMM
    • Lefana AWMM
    • Charles Le Fanu AWMM
    • Charles Lefana Young AWMM
    • Charles Le Fanu Young AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1328 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 July 1894 AWMM MelbourneVictoria AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • J. Young (father), College Street West, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
    • J. Young (father), College Street West, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1328 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Gassed AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Tuberculosis AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of James and Rosalie Josephine Juliet Young (nee Hearn); husband of Stephanie Grace Young (nee Bryan-Brown), of 9 Cheltenham St, Merivale, Christchurch.

    ex 3rd Maori Contingent

    Headmaster at a Christchurch prepatory school at the time of his death.

    Name is spelled Lefana (on the service record), Lefanu (corrected on the service record) and Charles L.F. on the cemetery record. Names recorded in Notes from Nominal Roll: a.k.a. Lefana. Listed as Charles Le Fanu Young by BDM, deaths AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 February 1921 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waimairi Cemetery, Grahams Road, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM Block 2. Plot 42. (C. of E. Portion.) AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    .MR C LE- F. YOUNG. 'Charles Le Fanu Young. Headmaster of Christ's College Lower School, died at his parents' residence. Merivale. yesterday. Mr Young though on the youthful side of 30. was a man of considerable attainments, and gave every promise of rising high in the educational profession. He was educated at the Palmerston North Boys' .High .School, and later was a student at Canterbury College, where he obtained his B.A. degree. He enlisted for service in the war in the Pioneer Battalion with the rank of captain, and saw service in Egypt and France, and was a lecturer in the Army School. He suffered Gas poisoning. On returning to New Zealand about two years ago he resumed his studies at Canterbury College, and obtained his B.Sc. degree. About a year ago he was appointed headmaster of Christ's College Lower .School. He .proved himself an able teacher. Before and .since his return from the war he took a promin'ent part in outdoor sport;. He was a captain of the Canterbury College first fifteen, and represented Canterbury in cricket. He seemed to recover from the gas poisoning, ar.d up to recently was in good health, but for the last few weeks his health was critical, ' and! he died yesterday morning as the result of a haemorrhage. The interment will be a private one. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 18 June 2024 - OBITUARY.
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
18 June 2024Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
12 October 2021JosiahChristchurchOther
12 April 2015WendyPalmerston North, New ZealandResearcher

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