Other names: Austin Henry
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersSturminster, Dorset
Story: Austin Henry Young was born on 3 Jun 1885 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Henry Young and Martha Young (nee Critchell). The family lived continuously at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury. Austin enlisted on 7 Sep 1914 and joined the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Territorial Force) as a Private (Service No. 2544), He served in India until he was discharged on 27 Apr 1915. Austin re-enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was allotted to the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 22184). However he was not embodied until 29 Feb 1916 when he was instructed to join the 7th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 27558). He served with them in France and whilst on duty received a severe injury to his foot on 23 Apr 1917. He was eventually transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps on 10 Jul 1918 and joined the General Headquarters Mechanical Transport Company. He was demobilized on 23 Aug 1920 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. On the day of his discharge he had applied for the position of Gardener's Labourer at a War Graves Commission site in France but there is no indication that he was successful. By the 1939 Register he was still living at 26 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, and was described as Incapacitated. His death was recorded at the Sturminster, Dorset, District Registry in 1955.