Walter Young


Dec 9, 1895

Born at Brighton England


Aug 24, 1915

Attested at Peterborough Ont into the 59th Battalion 

Ø      No. 455478

Ø      Next of kin given as John Young (father) of 112 Springfield Rd., Brighton England

Ø      Occupation given as Bank Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Apr 1, 1916

Assigned pay of $20 per month to his own account at the Dominion Bank, Dufferin St and Lappin Ave, Toronto Ontario – note that the account was closed Dec 31, 1917 -  

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Apr 15, 1916

Provisionally appointed rank of Corporal and attached to the Paymaster’s staff at Caesar’s Camp


May 6, 1916

Seconded to Canadian Army Pay Corps London


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred from 59th to 39th Battalion then seconded to Pay and Records London


Aug 4, 1916

Admitted 2nd London General Hospital at Chelsea with a hernia


Aug 8, 1916

Operated on for hernia


Sep 12, 1916

Healed from surgery and discharged to Canadian Convalescent Hospital Bromley


Sep 14, 1916

Ceases to be attached to Pay Office London and TOS 39th Battalion - Discharged from hospital at Bromley


Oct 14, 1916

SOS 39th Battalion to Pay Office London


Oct 17, 1916

On Command to Pay Office London


Oct 19, 1916

TOS Pay Office London from 39th Battalion


Dec 1, 1916

TOS Canadian Pay Corps London


Feb 11, 1917

Granted permission to marry


Mar 1, 1917

Reverts to Private and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 14, 1917

Married - Assigned pay of $25 per month to his wife


Apr 12, 1917

Signed Will leaving estate to his wife, Mrs Rosemary R Young.  (note that she later remarried and became Mrs. Turner.)


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived and TOS 21st Battalion in the field


May 7, 1917

Left for 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


May 11, 1917

Arrived at 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Jun 12, 1917

Jointed 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 24, 1917

Awarded Good Conduct Badge


Dec 14, 1917

Killed in action


Sep 8, 1920

Scroll and Plaque sent to Mrs Ellen Young (mother) of 112 Springfield Road, Brighton, Sussex, England – medals sent to Mrs Rosemary R Young (widow) at 36 Springfield Road, Brighton, Sussex, England


Oct 22, 1920

Medals returned from address


Feb 22, 1921

Medals sent to Mrs Turner (formerly Young) at 442 Baynes St., Buffalo NY, USA.


Apr 15, 1921

Medals returned, address not found


Apr 28, 1921

Medals to be sent to Mrs DN Duffy, 24 Browning Ave., Toronto – authority given by Mrs Young, who is now Mrs. Turner.


Jul 22, 1921

Medals sent to be sent to Mrs DN Duffy, 24 Browning Ave., Toronto


Pte W Young
Pte Walter Young
KIA Dec 14, 1917
Beehive Cemetery
Willerval France


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


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