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World War One - Roll of Honour


Shoeing Smith / Driver

Alfred William Young


23 October 1895 East Sutton, Kent

Service No.



Royal Field Artillery [Farrier]

Military Notes:

Enlisted 30 Dec 1914 at Canterbury after receiving a notice.
Aged 19 yrs 2 months, civilian occupation Shoeingsmith
Height 5 ft 7, weight 126lbs, chest 35 inches,
Resident at Cole Farm, Paddlesworth, Nr Folkestone, Kent.
Joined at Woolwich 1 Jan 1915
2181(R) Battery RFA 6 Jan 1915 posted to Woolwich with 2 other farriers to be tested in manufacturing and fitting horse shoes. All 3 men passed the examination in front of a panel of senior officers.
Appointed Shoeing Smith 6 Jan 915  (SS A.W. Young)
28th Div. Artillery posted 12 Jan 1915
18 Jan 1915 Embarked for France with 75 Battery
16 Nov 1915 embarked for Middle Eastern Front
31 May 1916 committed offence
23 June 1916-Fined 10 days pay for 'Inserting irregular correspondence in a green envelope.' 
Awarded forfeiture of 10 days pay (offence 31/5/1916)366 Battery
1 Sep 1916 Admitted to Hospital with Malaria from 86 Field Artillery
14 Sep 1916 Transferred to Malta by the 4C Field Hospital
22 Dec 1916 Transferred to All Saints Active Service Camp, Malta :Fitness=Class B ex St Michaels Camp
22 Jan 1917 Return to Active Service at All Saints, Malta
27 Jan 1917 disembarked Salonica
23 Feb 1917 Rejoined from Hospital to 146 Brigade in the field.
24 Aug 1917 Admitted to Hospital
15 Sep 1917 sent to British Red Cross: Montazah Convalescent Hospital
7 Oct 1917 Joined GBW at Hospital
12 Oct 1917 Posted to RAC(?) the writing is not clear
13 May 1918 Posted from GB Depot to A/267 Brigade RFA Palestine
4 Feb 1919 Embarked to UK for demob on Vessel:Kashgar from Port Said, Egypt
16 Feb 1919 Demobbed at Wimbledon transferred to Z. Army Reserves 31st March 1919
On discharge he was'Sober','Reliable','Intelligent' and noted as 'A very good workman'
Address changed to Vigo Farm Hastingleigh, then later to Bodsham Forge, Elmsted.
1914-1915 Star and British War Victory Medal

Letter dated: 22 Dec 1916 held in Alfs service records...
Vigo Farm, Hastingleigh,nr Ashford, Kent
To : Officer in charge of Records
Thank you for kindly sending in the notice of our son's illness.
He was taken to Malta last September with Malaria and on
January 8th was marked fit for active service again, was expecting
to go that day 'somewhere'. He is said to have been taken
unexpectedly ill again by your notice form and we have changed
our address since he enlisted. The notice had been delayed
by going to Folkestone first. Will you kindly make a note of the
new address as we came here from Cole Farm, Paddlesworth
last October and any information that you may have to send
me, could it come direct .
Again thanking you
I remain
Your obedient servant
Thomas Young
(this letter has been defaced by the Army department and is not clear to read.)

Family Notes:

Son of Thomas Young and
Frances Ann Young (nee Hills) of Vigo Farm, Hastingleigh
Brother of Annie Frances Young, James Albert Young, Thomas Henry Young, John Edward Young and Nora Mary Young.
1901 address: Blue House Cottages, East Sutton, Kent
1911 address: Parsonage Cottages , East Sutton, Kent
1915 address: Cole Farm, Paddlesworth
1916 address: Vigo Farm Hastingleigh
1920's onward at The Forge, Bodsham, Elmsted.

Civilian Occupation:

Blacksmith  at Bodsham Forge until his death.


1925  Amy Cutler


24 January 1943 Kent and Canterbury Hospital, buried at Elmsted Church. Administration of his estate granted to his widow Amy and brother James Albert Young. £1760.12.9

Is listed on the WW1 Honour Roll in Hastingleigh Church


Army Medal Card for Alf Young.

Alf Young's Obituary Notice - 1943