John Dent-Young (1888 - 1955)

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Nicknames: "Jack"
Birthplace: Bath, England
Death: Died in Bath, UK
Managed by: Paul Holman
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About John Dent-Young

Educated at Mount St. Mary's College, Chesterfield, and became a pupil at his father's civil engineering office for three years before being employed in 1910 by Messrs Fore and Bateman of Westminster on the Penderyn resevoir project in South Wales.

1911-192 Bath Corporation as a civil engineer.

He began his mining career on joining Northern Nigeria (Bauchi) Tim Mines Ltd. in April 1912, surveyor.

John Dent-Young was fighting in the Cameroons (East Africa with the 1st Btln. Queen's Own Nigeria Regiment) during WW1.

He was wounded in the thigh, and shipped to South Africa via Mombasa to recover. According to David Dent-Young (her Son), he met and married Olivette who was a nurse.

(David has letters written by his father during the Cameroon campaign.)

On demob he was appointed manager to Gurum River Tim Mines Ltd.

In 1935 be become MD of Nigerian Alluvials Ktd.

Whilst in Nok his miners found the first example of Nok Culture (

He retired in 1950 and returned to England.

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John Dent-Young's Timeline

March 29, 1888
Bath, England

Northampton Mercury Saturday 07 April 1888

YOUNG - March 29, at 2, Beverley Villas, Syncombe Hill, Bath the wife of Jules Dent-Young, of a son.

Age 2
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom

YOUNG, Jules D Head Married M 35 1856 Civil Engineer Ceylon
YOUNG, Mary Wife Married F 31 1860 Northampton
YOUNG, John D Son M 3 1888 Bath
YOUNG, Mary K C Daughter F 1 1890 Bath
BULL, Alice M Servant Single F 23 1868 Cook Domestic Servant London
MEALYER, Matilda M Servant Single F 15 1876 General Servant Nursemaid
Combe Down

RG12 Piece: 1933 Folio: 43 Page: 32

Age 12
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom

YOUNG, Jules D Head Married M 46 1855 Civil Engineer Ceylon
YOUNG, Mary Wife Married F 42 1859 Northampton VIEW
YOUNG, John D Son M 13 1888
Bath Somersetshire
YOUNG, Mary K C Daughter F 11 1890
Bath Somersetshire
YOUNG, William T D Son M 9 1892
Bath Somersetshire
YOUNG, Frances M Daughter F 7 1894 Bath
YOUNG, Julius H D Son M 4 1897 Bath
YOUNG, Katherine M Daughter F 1 1900 Bath
BOSHELL, Mary Aunt Single F 81 1820 Ireland
FLEWRY, Rine Boarder Single F 16 1885 France French
HOLBROOK, Alice Servant Single F 28 1873 Gen Dom Serv Bath Somersetshire
RG number: RG13 Piece: 2339 Folio: 43 Page: 28

Registration District: Bath Sub District: Lyncombe EnumerationDistrict: 9 Ecclesiastical Parish: St Thomas a Becket

Civil Parish:Bath Municipal Borough:
Address: 8, Forefield Place, Bath County: Somersetshire

April 2, 1911
Age 23
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom

Reference: RG14PN14692 RG78PN892 RD316 SD3 ED3 SN342
DENT YOUNG, Jules Head Married M 56 1855 City Waterworks Engineer Army M 2nd S E Batlicolon Ceylon
DENT YOUNG, Mary Wife Married 23 years F 52 1859 Northampton
DENT YOUNG, John Son Single M 23 1888 Civil Engineer Bath
DENT YOUNG, May Daughter Single F 21 1890 Art Student Bath
DENT YOUNG, William Son Single M 19 1892 Bath
DENT YOUNG, Julius Son Single M 14 1897 School Bath
DENT YOUNG, Katherine Daughter Single F 11 1900 School Bath

April 1911
Age 23
55 Lyncombe Hill, Bath
February 3, 1912
Age 23
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette February 03, 1912, p11

St. Vincent's Cricket Club

... Those present included ... K. Dent Young, jun., A. Dent Young ...

In the absence of the captain, Mr. W. Dent Young, who has gone abroad, Mr. Gazzard reported ...

April 16, 1915
Age 27
August 28, 1915
Age 27
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom

"Twice Wounded"

Mr William Dent Young, second son of Mr J. Dent Young of Lyncombe Hill, Waterworks Engineer to the Bath Corporation, who is a private in the Australian Imperial Force, has been wounded for a second time, and is in hospital in Malta.

Private Young was wounded in the arm at the landing on the Gallipoli Penninsula and this time was shot in the thigh in Gallipoli, where he had rejoined his battalion.

All Mr Dent Young's four sons are serving. His eldest, Mr John Dent Young, who was a mining engineer in Northern Nigeria, offered his services and was appointed lieutenant in the Imperial Northern Rifles, and is in the Cameroons. His third son, Private Arthur Dent Young is in India with the 1st/4th Somerset Light Infantry, and his fourth son, Private Julius Dent Young, is with the London Scottish Regiment on foreign service.

August 23, 1916
Age 28

PRIVATE JULIUS H. DENT-YOUNG, London Regiment, who was previously reported " missing," is now known to have been killed in action on July 1, aged 20. He went to the front a year ago. was wounded at Hulluch last September. and rejoined his regiment In January. He was the fourth and youngest son of Mr. J. Dent-Young, C.E., of Bath, who married a daughter of the late Mr Thomas Shepard. of Northampton. Their eldest son, Lientenant John Dent- Young, is In the 1st Nigerian Regiment, West African F.F. Their two other sons hold comnuissions, one in tho I th Battalion Australian Imperial Force, and the other in the Machine-gun Corps.

January 18, 1917
Age 28

"Mkindu is a low table-topped hill about half a mile square
in area. It is faced by an abrupt escarpment on the
north, west, and east about 50 feet high, whilst it slopes
gently away towards the south. The Mkindu stream
flows close to the hill on the north side and passes round
the western end of the hill. The hill itself is covered
with bush and trees and a fine position for a defending force to hold.

The column was halted whilst two com-
panies of the 1st Nigeria Regiment under Major Badham
were detached, with orders to cross the Mkindu stream
higher up on the right and attempt to outflank the enemy.
As soon as Major Badham had moved off he became
engaged, and a sharp action was commenced. The
enemy's position was a strong one, and as usual the
machine-guns played an important part, but the enemy
were afraid of being cut off from their main body, which
had fallen back some miles towards Ngwembe. They
therefore gave up a strong position without a determined
fight and withdrew south.

By 11 a.m. the ist Nigeria Regiment occupied the position. Major Badham's
casualties were light, and consisted of Lieuts. Newton
and Young wounded, one native soldier killed, and seven
others wounded. Mkindu was destined to be the home
of the Nigerian Brigade for many weeks to come. "

- "With the Nigerians In German East Africa" CAPTAIN W. D. POWNES. M.G.