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Alan Hunter YOUNG

Rank Reg/Ser No DOB Enlisted Discharge/Death Board
Sapper 22276 24 Jul 1897 20y4m 30 Nov 1917 17 Nov 1919 3

Alan Hunter Young (1897-1965)

Young Brothers Booklet 

Family Background

William Young and Henrietta Hunter were married in Queensland on 15 July 1891. Their first child, William Robert, died in infancy. Three more children were born and the family of two sons (Neville Hunter Young and Alan Hunter Young) and a daughter (Henrietta Buchanan Young) lived at Riverview in the Brisbane suburb of Galloway’s Hill which later became Hawthorne.

Alan at the age of nineteen years and Neville then seventeen years old were groomsmen at their aunt’s wedding on 24 June 1914. William and Henrietta and their son Alan were listed as Communicant Members of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Brisbane in 1921. Henrietta died on 24 October 1939 and William on 30 December 1945, both at their home, Riverview.

Sapper Alan Hunter Young

Alan was born on 24 July 1897. While gaining qualification as a draughtsman he also served for four years in Senior Cadets in Brisbane and for two and a half years in 8th Infantry Battalion, Citizen Forces. On 16 October 1917, Alan Hunter Young was received into membership of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Brisbane, by profession of faith.  


Alan's older brother, Neville, who enlisted in the Army Medical Corps at the outbreak of war died on 17th November 1916.   A year later, Alan, then aged 20 years 4 months, enlisted on 30 November 1917 in Brisbane in the Australian Imperial Force. Given service number 22276, Sapper Young was allotted to 3rd Field Company Engineers and completed a course of instruction at the Engineer Officers’ Training School in Roseville, New South Wales. 

He served in an acting capacity with rank of Corporal then Sergeant during the early months of 1918 and embarked with General Reinforcements on 21 March 1918 on board HMAT Persic from the Port of Sydney. His unit disembarked at London on 25 May and remained at Number 3 Camp Parkhouse till proceeding overseas to France via Southampton on 4 October 1918. He was based at the Australian General Base Depot at Rouelles, France till the Armistice in November.

Post War and return home

Sapper Alan Young was granted leave with pay and sustenance to attend the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Bedford Square, London from 16 January to 31 July 1919. He returned to Australia per HMAT Euripedes in October and was discharged with no medical disability on 17 November 1919.

 Alan Young returned to his parents’ home at Galloway’s Hill and resumed his career as an architect. He married Irene May Hocker in Sydney in 1923. The couple lived at Deshon Street, Buranda from 1934 to 1937 and had moved to Woodcliffe Crescent, Woody Point by 1943. In 1963 Alan Hunter Young was living at Victoria Esplanade, Woody Point following his wife’s death in 1960. Alan Hunter Young died in 1965.

• National Archives of Australia, World War 1 records
• Brisbane City Council Cemetery records on line
The Courier-Mail, 17 Nov 1939, page 24
The Courier-Mail, 11 Jan 1946, page 8
The Courier-Mail, 17 Nov 1945
The Courier-Mail, 31 Dec 1945, page 8
The Courier-Mail, 1 July 1914
The Courier-Mail, 25 October 1939, page 24
• Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Brisbane Annual Reports 1901 – 1925 and Minutes of Kirk Session, 1917, Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church Archives, Brisbane
• Queensland Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages
• New South Wales Register of Marriages
• Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
• Brisbane Grammar School Archives, The Golden Book
• Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Faces of the Fallen, University of Queensland
• First World War Embarkation Rolls
•, Australian Electoral Rolls, online

Compiled by Noel E. Adsett, September 2015 ©



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