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As far as I am aware the youngest Australian to die in the Great War was

was Pte. James Martin , 21st. Battalion on board a hospital ship off Anzac.

James joined up at aged 14 years and en route to Gallipoli from Egypt on the

"Southland" was torpedoed on September 2nd. and spent four hours in the water

without a lifejacket before being rescued.

James landed at Anzac Cove but his age was discovered and he was sent back to a

Troopship but dived overboard to be with his mates ashore.

His Officer then relented and made him a signaler but that was deemed to dangerous for the

lad and he was made a water carrier.

James contracted Trench Fever and was evacuated to a Hospital ship offshore where he died

of heart failure at 1820 on October 25th. 1915. and was buried at sea

James was then aged 14 years and 9 months and is remembered on Panel 65 of the

Lone Pine Memorial.

Peter

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I have looked at Elks before.....he is certainly a good candidate for being one of the youngest.

Birth registration

Name: Edwin Russell Elks

Year of Registration: 1902

Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar

District: Burton Upon Trent

County: Derbyshire, Staffordshire

Volume: 6b

Mick

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Pals

As far as I am aware the youngest Australian to die in the Great War was

was Pte. James Martin , 21st. Battalion on board a hospital ship off Anzac.

James joined up at aged 14 years and en route to Gallipoli from Egypt on the

"Southland" was torpedoed on September 2nd. and spent four hours in the water

without a lifejacket before being rescued.

James landed at Anzac Cove but his age was discovered and he was sent back to a

Troopship but dived overboard to be with his mates ashore.

His Officer then relented and made him a signaler but that was deemed to dangerous for the

lad and he was made a water carrier.

James contracted Trench Fever and was evacuated to a Hospital ship offshore where he died

of heart failure at 1820 on October 25th. 1915. and was buried at sea

James was then aged 14 years and 9 months and is remembered on Panel 65 of the

Lone Pine Memorial.

Peter

That's correct Peter - he was the youngest known Australian soldier to die during the war. Interestingly, during our research into the Pheasant Wood mass graves at Fromelles, we believe we may have inadvertently discovered the youngest ever recorded Australian soldier to have been "killed in action" at 15 years, 10 months and 1 day old.

We are just in the process of confirming this fact so 'watch this space'.

It would prove very poignant if we're correct and his remains are recovered and identified during the upcoming exhumation.

Cheers,

Tim L.

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It will be very interesting to see what you come up with that man.

Mick

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It will be very interesting to see what you come up with that man.

Mick

Has anyone ever investigated fully Pte Ross, South African, supposedly wounded at Third Ypres at age 13 years and 9 months and killed in March 1918 at 14 years and three months?

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Hello Nigel,

I am sure you will have read "Salient points 3" by your friend Tony regarding Pte. Ross?

Colin.

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in research come across rifleman E. Elks he was only 14 and 4 months when he enlisted, his mother secured his discharge, he re-enlisted three days later and spent his 15th birthday in france.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_detail...asualty=1541284

who was the youngest casualty

Richard van Emden talks about 12 year old called Private S. Lewis on page 314 of his book 'Boy Soldiers'.

SPN

Maldon

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Name: ROSS, DAVID S. U.

Initials: D S U

Nationality: South African

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: South African Infantry

Unit Text: 2nd Regt.

Age: 14

Date of Death: 25/03/1918

Service No: 11322

Additional information: Son of Mr. C. G. and Mrs. S. J. Ross, of Room 15, 218, Arcida Mansions, Johannesburg. At 14 years and 3 months, Pte. Ross is one of the youngest soldiers killed in the 1914-1918 war.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: 3.

Cemetery: HEUDICOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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14 years 3 months is a contender I think.

mick

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