Private David Leonard Young

Private David Leonard Young served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number is 530640.

War Service badge class “A” number : 274921

According to his file he also received the War Service badge class “B” but no number in his file

Born on March 9th 1886 in Montreal, Quebec    Trade : Newspaper artist

Religion : Church of England             Status : single       Height : 5′ 7″

Eyes : brown                Hair : dark brown                          Weight :132 lbs.

Name of her father : Henry Young    Address : 981 St Urbain

January 3, 1916 : Enlisted in the 9th Field Ambulance Depot in Montreal, Quebec.

February 28 : The unit paraded from Guy Street Barracks to Bonaventure Station (train). They left Montreal at 3 pm to St-John, New Brunswick

March 1 : Stopped at Riviere-du-loup. Caught in a snow storm after leaving Riviere-du-loup that day. Arrived in St John, New Brunswick on March 2 at 3 a.m.. Embarked on SS Scandinavian and left at noon. Arrived in Plymouth, England on March 12 at 10:30.

March 13 : Disembarked at 2 p.m.. Entrained at 3:30 p.m.. Arrived in Bramshott Camp on March 14 at 2 p.m.

April 3 : The unit entrained for Southampton in two sections, one at 9:00 a.m. and the other at 11:00 a.m.. Arrived late in the afternoon. Embarked on T.S.S. Maiden

April 7 : Ship left Southampton. Arrived in Havre, France on April 8 at 2:30 am and marched to Rest Camp no 1 in Sanvic

April 10 : The unit began its March to Belgium (they were station near Ypres)

June 2, 1917 : Wounded at Vimy Ridge when coming back from a relay post

June 4 : Admitted at the 7 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. Notes from a medical report “Fragment of high explosive shell tore thru back of his knee severing the poplietal artery. Two days on June 4th amputation above the cordylus was performed on account of gangrene.

June 8 : Admitted to the 7th Canadian General Hospital

July 3 : Admitted to the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital

July 24 : Admitted to Ramsgate Hospital

December 14 : Discharged from hospital and transferred to Chaplain Service as a clerk

January 13, 1918 : Admitted to King’s Red Cross Hospital, Bushey Park. Discharged on the 2.

February 6 : Note from a medical report “Satisfactory repairs effected with artificial limbs”

May 5, 1919 : First time listed as acting company sergeant major.

June 25 : Embarked on the HMT Corona

July 4 : Demobilized

June 14, 1960 : Died

Contrary to the general belief, very few WW1 soldiers were amputated and even less had more than one member amputated. Private David Leonard Young was one of the few that was severely wounded and amputated from result of his war service.

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

WW 1 medals pair

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  • Gail Dever  On 2016/08/13 at 14:44

    David Leonard Young was my first cousin 3X removed. As you may know, he was a member of the Dumbells vaudeville troupe that entertained the troops. Here is my story about him. Where did you find the Feb. 28 info?

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