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William Ralph Young

Portrait, WW1 - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait, WW1 - No known copyright restrictions AWMM


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Ralph AWMM
  • Surname
    Young AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 43586 AWMM
    • WWI 417602 AWMM
    • WWI 3/18/1248 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 July 1895 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Pre 20 October 1916 AWMM Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 14 March 1941 AWMM 21 Melrose Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs Mary Young (mother), 86 Shetland Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs Jean Young (wife), 21 Melrose Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    World War 2/wars AWMM
    France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
    Created during migration for ww2 records that were listed as western front and need to be corrected AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 43586 AWMM
    • WWI 417602 AWMM
    • WWI 3/18/1248 AWMM
  • Military service
    H Company, Infantry group XVI AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      130 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Volunteered for the WW1 26th Reinforcement Draft.

    WW1 Discharged in England. Served in Home Defence during WW2 in the Otago district

    William Young's daughter, Helen Pollock, created a sculpture installation, "Falls the shadow" , to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice 11 November. She travelled to Europe and will open at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum on 25 April 2009. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    17 December 1954 AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      68: 3 AWMM
    • Pollock, H.(2010) Helen Pollock, Auckland, Nouvelle-Zelande : between the memory and the silence 'falls the shadow':une exposition de sculpture [catalogue] Arras, France : Auckland War Memorial Museum, [Passendale] Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Carriere Wellington Memeorial Museum. AWMM
      MUS-2013-8 AWMM
    • Pollock, H.(2008) Between the memory and the silence 'falls the shadow': a sculpture installation to commerorate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice [Pamphlet] Auckland, N.Z : Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
      N5097 POL AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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