William Thomas Dent-Young
|Birthplace:||Bath, Somerset, England|
|Death:||Died in Bullecourt, Nord-Pas de Calais, France|
|Cause of death:||Killed in Action (Shellfire)|
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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 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