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William Thomas Dent-Young

Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Bullecourt, Nord-Pas de Calais, France
Cause of death: Killed in Action (Shellfire)
Immediate Family:

Son of Jules Hyacinth DENT-YOUNG and Mary Dent-Young
Brother of Mary KC Flexen (Dent-Young); Major Arthur Joseph Dent-Young; John Dent-Young; Katherine Mary Stephens; Julius Henry Dent-Young and 1 other

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About Lt. William "Bill" 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 (on a farm owned by his father's cousin). 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 . 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


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

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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: First World War War Diaries

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Lt. William "Bill" Dent-Young's Timeline

Bath, Somerset, England

First name(s) WILLIAM THOMAS D
Last name YOUNG
Birth year 1891 Birth quarter 2
District BATH County Somerset Country England
Volume 5C Page 598

Age 10
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

September 1905
- July 1909
Age 14
Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Referenced in Ampleforth Journal, July 1917
Referenced in Ampleforth Journal, 1918 Vol XXIII p70

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
and an excellent Catholic — never missing an opportunity of receiving the sacraments. He was beloved by all for his charming manners and good conduct.

Dent-Young came to Ampleforth in September, 1906, and left in July, 1909. He was a boy with many interests,
which were not confined to Form work. For nature study he had something of a genius, while his delight in things mediceval was quite exceptional in a young boy. Even the enigmas of heraldry possessed a fascination for him, and he rejoiced in emblazoning a coat-of-arms or designing a heraldic shield. Among his fellows he was always popular — possessing as he did a charm of manner which never allowed him to obtjude himself or his interests upon any one. He went through the school playing his full part in everything, and without making an enemy of any one. When he left every one was conscious that he could not be anything else than he proved himself, an unselfish and upright man with a strong sense of duty and a firm faith in his religion. May he rest in peace.

April 2, 1911
Age 20
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom

Reference: RG14PN14692 RG78PN892 RD316 SD3 ED3 SN342
55 Lyncombe Hill Bath, Bath, Somerset, England

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

February 3, 1912
Age 21
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 ...

Age 21

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
Age 23

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.

November 2, 1914
Age 23

Regimental number 956
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Farmer
Address Tambellup, Western Australia
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 23
Next of kin J Dent Young,Bath, England
Enlistment date 7 September 1914
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 11th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/28/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll Commissioned
Unit from Nominal Roll 11th Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 5 May 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll) *Spelt William Thomas Dent-Young on NR

March 2, 1915
Age 24
Alexandria, Egypt
April 25, 1915
Age 24
Gallipoli, Turkey