Charles Bogie Young

Charles Bogie Young Died 24th April 1918

Charles was born in East Newport, Fife but emigrated to Bolgart, Western Australia where this photo was taken when he was 25 years old. He worked as a clearer in the Post Office in Bolgart and was married to Elizabeth Young. He enlisted on the 7th August 1916 in the 51st Battalion, 7th reinforcement and his unit embarked from Fremantle on board the HMAT A8 Argyllshire on the 9th November 1916. Charles was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux, France on the 24th April 1918 and has no known grave at the age of 30. He was a runner in the field of battle. He was awarded three medals:
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Military medal - recommended 4th October 1917-appeared in the London Gazette 28th January 1918 British War Medal Victory Medal

Pte Young, 3011, 51 st Bttn, 7 th Reinforcement, AIF. M.M. This text was taken from the original letter from the battlefields in the Western Front. It is a personal letter to Pte Youngs wife about the death of her husband at Villers Brettonseaux on Anzac eve 1918. The author of this letter is the soldiers platoon officer who survived the war and returned home to Australia. Belguim 10 12 18 Dear Mrs Young Having just returned to the Battallion from hospital and hearing that your husband, Pte. C.B. Young M.M. “Scotty” had given his life for his country, I thought that a line from me would not go amiss as I was his Company Commander for a considerable period. “Scotty” was running for me at Zonnebeke on 26.9.17 and there earned his Military Medal by utter fearlessness and devotion in running with messages and keeping up communication under heavy hostile Artillery and Machine gun fire. He was always a volunteer for work both in and out of the line, and a more reliable soldier I have never had under my command. He met his death on night 24/25 April 1918 during a counter attack by us at Villers Brettoneaux. I was wounded and “Scotty” had just left me bearing a message when his end came. He was cheerfully doing his duty, when a shell bursting close by caused his instantaneous death. “Scotty” as a soldier and a man was missed by officers and men alike for all had great respect and kindly thought for one who nobly and valiantly faced all dangers over here. I am, Yours sincerely 2/Lieut R. Chanter Note the difference in statement from the letter and a Red Cross statement about the way in which “Scotty” Young died. 51 st Batn. Young A.I.F. C.B 3011 “Killed 24 th April 1918” D.Coy A Company Runner. Was born in Scotland but enlisted in W.A. 5’5” fair and 24. At Villers Bretonneaux on April 24 th 1918 about midnight in the attack Young was killed near our wire by M/G bullets. I saw him lying dead near the wire. I know nothing of his burial. He had been killed instantly. Informant B. Glenford, 3057 51 st Batn. D.COY., 16 th Platoon A.I.F W.M.K. London

17-1-19 Note :- Buried 62D. U.4.c W.M.K Battalion Orderly Room B.E.F.

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