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Robert Young

Colonel (Brigadier-General) R. Young from Austin, W.S. (1924) New Zealand Rifle Brigade - No known copyright restrictions

Colonel (Brigadier-General) R. Young from Austin, W.S. (1924) New Zealand Rifle Brigade - No known c …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Young AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 10/451 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 January 1877 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Marton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Robert Young (father), St Mark's Vicarage, Carterton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 7 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) AWMM
      L.G. 3 June 1919, p6790, Rec 3403 "This Officer has served continuously in the Field from the landing in Gallipoli until the armistice – except for a short period while wounded. In action, for the first time as a Regimental Officer, later as a Battalion Commander, and for the last eighteen months as a Brigade Commander, his leadership and gallantry have throughout won the confidence of his men. His conduct of operations entrusted to him has always won the confidence of his superiors. Behind the Line his own sense of duty has been an example to his officers, and his unremitting care for the comfort and welfare of his men has ensured their affection and obedience. For some years previous to the War, and at a time when no other reward than a sense of duty performed could be looked for, this Officer, among others, by hard work with the Volunteers, later with the Territorial Force, made possible the foundation on which the success of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force has largely been built." McDonald, p. 288-9 AWMM
    • Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) AWMM
      L.G. 14 January 1916, p568 "For services rendered in connection with military operations in the field." McDonald, p. 289 AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      L.G. 8 November 1915, p11027 "For distinguished service in the field during the operations at the Dardanelles." McDonald, p. 289 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Five Times AWMM
    • Chevalier, Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur (France) AWMM
      L.G. 24 February 1916, p2066 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
    Wounded AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Florence nee Ward. An eight child was born three months after Robert embarked for war.

    Captain [promoted in 1910] in the Royal Rifles at Marton which was later absorbed into the 7th [ Wellington-West Coast ] Regiment.

    Left NZ as a Major in the 9th [Hawkes Bay] Company of the Wellington Battalion although listed as Lieutenant Colonel on the Nominal Roll.

    He embarked and sailed on the Limerick although he was transferred to the Arawara for a short while before the fleet actually sailed. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 February 1953 AWMM
    RaumatiWellington AWMM
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  • My Great Grandfather gave up a significant chunk of his life leading great New Zealanders in WW1 - a war he never chose but which chose him. Gallipoli, Messines and Bapaume. He entered the war, a Major and ended a Brigadier-General. He was supposed, like Freyberg, to be a Dentist serving the community of Marton. However, post-war he was appointed General Officer Commanding NZ Military Forces and served as head of the army until he retired in March 1931. He is 1 of few GOC's not knighted. I am told he specifically refused a Knighthood. In 1940, he was back in service again as head of the NZ Home Guard, until it was no longer needed in 1944. His inspiration: to do the best I can as a humble New Zealander for NZ. My PopPop set an enduring example ... I will always hold in the greatest of esteem and shall never forget, despite never meeting him!
    Public - Michael Scott - Direct descendant - 18 November 2016



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18 November 2016Michael ScottWellington, New ZealandDirect descendant
09 August 2016SimonNZDirect descendant

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