|Date of Birth||October 16, 1896|
|Place of Birth||Kenora, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||William Thomas Young (father), 9545-106th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta|
|Trade / Calling||Newspaper helper|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Age at Enlistment||18|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||10/09/1916|
|Age at Death||19|
|Buried At||Puchevillers British Cemetery, France|
|Plot||IV. B. 25.|
Thomas Malcolm Young was the youngest son of William Thomas and May Young of 9545 – 106th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.
Thomas was born October 16, 1896 in Rat Portage, now known as Kenora, Ontario. His parents William and May (née Simmons) were married in Rat Portage in 1891 and he had two older brothers, William Jr. (1892) and John (1894). William Sr. was born in Kingston, Ontario and May in New Brunswick. William worked for the railway and this took the family to Winnipeg by the time of the 1901 census. By 1911 the family had moved west once more and they were living in Edmonton, Alberta where both William Sr. and Jr. worked for the CNR.
The war started in August 1914 and Thomas enlisted in Edmonton in July 1915. He was just 18 years old at the time and on his attestation paper he listed his occupation as newspaper helper. He signed up with the 63rd Battalion, which had been mobilized in Edmonton the previous month. The recruits trained in Canada over the fall and winter and on April 15, 1916 they left for the east coast on two special troop trains. A large crowd gathered at the Edmonton station to see the men off. The battalion embarked from Halifax on April 22, 1916 on the S.S. Metagama, arriving in England on May 5th. Seven weeks later Thomas was drafted to the 7th Battalion and sent to France. After spending some time at the Canadian Corps Base Depot then a week with the 1st Entrenching Battalion he joined his unit in the field on August 10, 1916. That fall the Canadian Divisions were in the Somme area in France, preparing for their part in the Somme Offensive. The 7th Battalion moved to Albert early in September and went into the trenches on September 7th. Thomas may have been one of the casualties suffered by the unit the following day, as recorded in their war diary: ‘Numerous casualties owing to gap exposing flank. Gap filled and consolidated.‘ After only one month with his new battalion Thomas died of wounds on September 10th at No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station. He hadn’t yet turned 20.
Thomas Malcolm Young is commemorated on Page 186 of the First World War Book of Remembrance which is located in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He is also remembered on his parents’ grave marker at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonton.
His oldest brother John Good Young also enlisted, joining the 151st Battalion in January 1916. He survived the war and passed away in Victoria, BC in 1952.
By Linda Pelletier