John Archie Young



Mar 18, 1893

Born at Bracebridge Ontario


Aug 5, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at Niagara Falls Ontario 

Ø      Number 142029

Ø      Next of kin given as James Young (brother) of Burks Falls Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later recorded as Lumberman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Oct 9, 1915

Reported AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 3 days


Dec 29, 1915

Reported AWL for 2 days


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 28, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion


Jun 30, 1916

Joined 21st Battalion while they were in the Micmac Rest Camp


Aug 11, 1916

Wounded by shrapnel to upper chest


Aug 12, 1916

Transferred to No 13 General Hospital at Boulogne where surgery performed to remove shrapnel


Aug 15, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkestone


Aug 16, 1916

Transferred to the Royal Infirmary at Sunderland


Sep 7, 1916

Transferred to Mission House Hospital at New Seaham


Sep 28, 1916

Transferred to Bearwood Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Wokingham and attached to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Casualty Depot)


Oct 10, 1916

Discharged from hospital to CCAC for PT (Physical Training) and ceases to be attached to CCD


Oct 12, 1916

Medical Board at CCAC notes: 

Ø      Received shrapnel wounds to upper sternum

Ø      Shrapnel removed and wounds healed

Ø      Patient had a speech impediment prior to enlistment, it has become worse since the injury

Ø      Determined that he will be fit for duty after 4 weeks of Physical Training


Jan 18, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp


Feb 15, 1917

Charged with having untidy sleeping quarters and sentenced to 5 days CB (Confined to Barracks)


Mar 6, 1917

TOS the 21st Battalion but remained at East Sandling Camp


Mar 31, 1917

Proceeded to France


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Jun 24, 1917

Absent from parade for Kit Inspection


Jun 25, 1917

Sentenced to 3 days CB and 3 hours of pack drill for being absent from Kit Inspection


Oct 9, 1917               Admitted to No 5 CFA with an accidental gun shot wound

He died while being tranported to the MDS 

The following is the sworn statement given by L/Cpl LP Munroe at the Court of Enquiry



Oct 12, 1917

Court of Enquiry held at 21st Battalion Headquarters.  After testimony was given, a recommendation was made to charge L/Cpl Munroe with neglect and that he be tried by FGCM (Field General Court Martial)


Oct 16, 1917

The office of the AAG (Assistant Adjutant General) reviewed the proceedings 

Ø      Pte Young suffered a “fatal bullet wound through right forearm and stomach, entering stomach at top right thigh bone and lodging in Testicle”

Ø      Pte Young was lying on the floor of a dark dugout.  634116 L/Cpl LP Munroe was cleaning his rifle within three yards of him, when the rifle discharged, inflicting the wounds

Ø      Recommended to the GOC 2nd Canadian Division that disciplinary action should be taken against L/Cpl LP Munroe


Oct 26, 1917

Major-General HE Burstall, Commanding 2nd Canadian Division, ordered that L/Cpl Munroe be tried by FGCM 

It should be noted that L/Cpl LP Munroe was killed in action near Crest Farm, SW of Passchendaele on November 4, 1917, before the Court Martial could take place


Jan 3, 1921

Death Scroll sent to Mary D Young (daughter) c/o Miss Francis McAvoy of Pevensey Ontario


Aug 8, 1922

Death Plaque sent to daughter at Pevensey Ontario



Application for War Service Gratuity was made by Miss Francis McAvoy of Berriedale Ontario, who was making request on behalf of the orphaned child of Pte Young 

This application was denied as there was no Separation Allowance assigned 

There is no discernable date on this request.



British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Miss Mary D Young (daughter) at Pevensey Ontario 



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same 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. 

Below is the name of John Young being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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