Remembering John Percival Young and all those who served and died in World War 1
John Percival Young (1896 – 1918), known as Jack, was the older brother of my husband’s grandfather Cecil (1898 – 1975).
I have previously written about Cecil’s early life.
Jack enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces on 6 October 1916. He gave his age as eighteen years, two months; but in fact he was twenty years and two months. His trade was engineer (fitter). He was unmarried; his father was next of kin.1
Jack was assigned to the AIF signal school. He was there from 12 October to 30 November 1916. On 16 December 1916 he embarked at Melbourne on HMAT A7 Medic for Plymouth.
Departure of Medic on 16 December 19162
Departure of Medic on 16 December 19163
Departure of Medic on 16 December 19164
HMAT Medic (A7) departs Melbourne assisted by a tug, and watched by a crowd of well-wishers on the wharf.
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