Reginald Henry Young

Date of birth: Not known
Place of birth: St Mary’s District, Southampton
Service No.: 10229
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Died: 13th August 1915
Death location: At sea


Life before the War
Our research has been very frustrating and we have discovered very little about Reginald from before he enlisted and during the one year of his War Service.  All we are able to ascertain is what you read on this page.  If you have any information about Reginald we would be grateful to receive it, please simply write to us using the Comments box below and we will respond asap.

It is certain that at the time of his death his Southampton address was 48 Northam Street, as verified in the National Roll.


Helles Memorial

Helles Memorial

War Service
Reginald enlisted at Southampton into the Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a Private, Service Number 10229.

He died at sea on 13th August 1915 and is remembered with Honour on the Helles Memorial, Turkey (includes those who fought and died during the Gallipoli campaign).  The Memorial stands 30 metres tall and is located on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsular and can be seen by ships passing through the Dardenelles.


Helles Memorial Register Part XII
“Young, Pte. Reginald Henry, 10229. 2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment. 13th Aug., 1915”.


National Roll of the Great War
“Young, R., Private, 2nd Hampshire Regiment.
Volunteering in September 1914 he was ordered to the Dardanelles on completion of his training. Whilst on his way to this theatre of war on board the “Royal Edward”, he lost his life when she was torpedoed on August 13th 1915. This was the first British transport to be sunk in the war. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
48, Northam Street, Southampton.


Historical Information
Launched in 1907 as RMS Cairo for a British mail service to Egypt, the service did not prove successful.  The ship was then sold to the Canadian Northern Steampship Company and renamed Royal Edward.  A year after the war started the Royal Edward was sunk with a large loss of life while transporting Commmonwealth troops.

On the morning of 13th August 1915 the Royal Edward was seen by a German Submarine, UB-14, which fired a tornado.  The tornado hit the Royal Edward in the stern and it sank within 6 minutes.  She managed to send an SOS before losing power.  The Soudan answered her call and rescued 440 men in six hours.  Two French destroyers and some trawlers rescued another 221.  The death toll was thought to be about 935, though other sources vary on the number who perished.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 12th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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