|Birthplace:||Bath, Somerset, England|
|Death:||Died in Bullecourt, Nord-Pas de Calais, France|
|Cause of death:||Killed in Action (Shellfire)|
|Managed by:||Paul Holman|
About William Thomas Dent-Young
2/Lieutenant William Thomas Dent-Young. Joined 11th Battalion AIF in August 1914. Wounded in Gallipoli (twice), transferred to Somme and promoted 2/L in August 1916. Killed by shellfire on 11th May 1917 during the second Battle of Bullecourt, aged 29. Buried in Norreuil.
+ 1 year in the OTC in England
+ joined AIF at the age of 23, as a Farmer. Joined 18.8.1914 - 11th Battalion AIF (1 month after the war started). Papers dated 9/9/14 at Helena Vale
+ 24 years 4 months. 5ft 4" 155lbs Brown hair, RC
+ Reg. No. 956.
+ Entitled to the 1914/15 Star ; British War Medal
+ Joined private 11th battalion. 3rd Bde
2.3.15 Alexandria, embarked on "Suffolk" to join MEF Gallipoli <NB Would have landed on Anzac Cove on 25.4, first ashore at 4:30am>
30.4.15 - Bullet wound forearm ("slightly wounded"). Hospital . disc. 13.5.15 to cov/ camp.
16.6.15 Returned to duty.
31.7.15 Wounded in action (bullet wound in right thigh) in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lone_Pine . Hospital. Shipped to Malta, back to Gallipoli to be shipped to England.
1.8.15 - Emb. "Devanta" Gallip.
20.9.15 Admitted to Kingswood Hospital Lansdown. Disc. 11.10.15
10.3.16 rejoined unit in Alexandria -> Serapeum->Ghezireh <NB Gallipoli evacuated 12.15>
29.3.17 shipped om HMT "Corsican" from Alexandra to Marseilles (5.4.16)
<Pozieres in the Somme valley, then Ypres, then Somme for winter>
5.8.16 promoted to 2/lieut/ <During Pozieres offensive, just before Mouquet Farm>
25.11.16 promoted Lietenant
<1917 advance on Hindenburg Line>
9.2.17-27.4.17 Appointed Gas Officer 3rd Bde HQ.
11.5.17 KIA Shellfire. <2nd Battle of Bullecourt>
Buried in Norreuil. 5.5 miles NE of Bapaume. Plot 1 Row H Grave 15 http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=615060
Source: "The AIF in France", 1917, Mitchell Library (Sydney) p509.
Passge: 10th Battalion, Early hours (~7:55am) of the May 5th 1917
Igri Corner to the railway .. barrage ..lost seven men.
Footnote: Liet. WT Dent_young of the 11th also killed
The Times June 18 1917 (Page 6)
'LIEUTENANT THOMAS DENT-YOUNG, Australian Infantry, who was killed on May 5, aged 25 years, was the second son of Mr. Jules Dent-Young, C.E., and Mrs. Dent-Young, of. Bath. He was educated at Ampleforth College, Yorks, and being in Australia when vear broke out he enlisted in the Australian Infantry. After service in Egvpt he was. among the first troops who landed at V. Beach in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, being wounded the same day. On recovery he returned to the Dardanelles, where he wias wounded again. He was subsequently sent to England. On rejoining his battalion he went to another front in the spring of 1916, and saw much fighting. He was given a commission and received his second star a few weeks later. His youngest brother fell at Gounmecourt on July 1, 1916, while his eldest brother, Lieutenant John Dent-Young, 1st Nigerian Regiment, was wounded in East Africa last January. Another brother, Lieutenant Arthur Dent-Young is at the front with the Machine Gun Corps.
Ref: http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm4/subclass.asp?levelID=1785 First World War War Diaries
Lt. William "Bill" Dent-Young's Timeline
Bath, Somerset, England
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom
YOUNG, Jules D Head Married M 46 1855 Civil Engineer Ceylon
- July, 1909
Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Referenced in Ampleforth Journal, July 1917
Lieutenant William Dent- Young.
William Dent- Young was killed in the early morning of May 5 th whilst his company were repelling an attack at Bullecourt. Although his death was not instantaneous he never recovered consciousness. He was afterwards buried at Noreuil.
These are the only details that have reached us. To Mrs Dent- Young we are indebted for the following extract from a letter of Father Fahey, c.f. :
I have known Dent-Young from the early days of the War and we were particularly good friends. He was a splendid boy
Dent-Young came to Ampleforth in September, 1906, and left in July, 1909. He was a boy with many interests,
April 2, 1911
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom
Reference: RG14PN14692 RG78PN892 RD316 SD3 ED3 SN342
cf: "Roll of Honour Particulars" form completed by his mother (which said he had lived in Australia two years before joining up on the first day of recruitment)
August 18, 1914
- May 5, 1917
Joined AIF at the age of 23, as a Farmer. Joined 18.8.1914 - 11th Battalion AIF (1 month after the war started). Papers dated 9/9/14 at Helena Vale
November 2, 1914
Regimental number 956
March 2, 1915
April 25, 1915
July 31, 1915
Gallipoli, Çanakkale Province, Turkey
Ref : 31.7.15 Wounded in action (bullet wound in right thigh).
p15 (Rockcliffe's report)
Having detailed the 50 men of "A" Company as ordered, I had the me ready in their places well before the appointed time.
On the exploding of the mine the men dashed forward and seized the Turkish trench near the crater.
Captain Rockliffe captured a tench which he found to be isolated. Although several attacked by foe, during which his <?arts?> suffered 19 casualties, Capt Rockcliff did not find it necessary to send back for reinforcements.
Report on operations commencing at 11pm on 31 July 1915 11 Battn 3ed AJ Bde
The adjutant 11th Battion
St Hallahan in charge of No 1 Gun and g-men left Tasmania Post with gun and gun equipment at approx 11pm The men were separate in the rush forward and the barrel casing of the gun was badly damaged by a bullet.
Ptes Pluknett, Dentyoung & Cargey were wounded soon afterwards.
Pte Dent-Young Wounded