Nov 9, 1914
Attested into the 21st Battalion in
Ø Number 60107 (temporary number 249)
Ø Next of kin given as Peter Welch, uncle, South Stukely, Quebec
Ø Previous occupation given as Quarry Man
Ø No previous military experience given
Ø Religion given as Roman Catholic
Ø 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
The battalion trained through the winter of 1914
– 15 in the Kingston area
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.