Steve Jurkonis
Served as
Stephen Youngest

aka Stephen Youngers

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file

 

Apr 26, 1892

Born in Russia to Feliksas and Mare Jurkonis

 

Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

      Number 60107 (temporary number 249)

      Next of kin given as Peter Welch, uncle, South Stukely, Quebec

      Previous occupation given as Quarry Man

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Roman Catholic

      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The nominal roll created in February of 1915 shows his name as Stephen Youngers.  I believe the issues with his name were caused by his poor English and writing skills.  He appears on the Embarkation Roll as Stephen Youngest.

The battalion trained through the winter of 1914 – 15 in the Kingston area

 

May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

 

May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp to continue their training

 

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone

Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer

 

Apr 9, 1916

After the Germans had blown up their underground tunnels at St Eloi and created several large craters, the 21st Battalion was involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the war to gain control of the craters.  Private Youngest was killed in action, along with 9 other men of the battalion, and buried in the Ridge Wood Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium.

It is of interest to note that the battalion’s Part II Orders record his death on April 8, however he is officially recorded as having died on April 9.  This is confirmed in a letter written by then Capt H.E. Pense.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to the family c/o the Consul, Lithuanian Consulate, 38 Park Row, New York City, USA.

Although not specified, it is likely that a Memorial Cross for his mother, Mare Jurkonis, was included with the above medals.

 

2010

For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers killed during the war were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

The image below shows the name of Private Youngest being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

 

 


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