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YOUNGER David Reginald

Captain, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 11 July 1900 at Lechooek. Aged 29. Born 17 March 1871 in Edinburgh. Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.).

Extract from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military Press:

Younger.—Capt. David Reginald Younger, V.C., 1st Batt. Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action at Doornboschfontein, near Krugersdorp, June 11th, igoo. He was the eldest son of the late David Younger, Esq„ and cousin of William Younger, Esq., M.P., of Auchen Castle, Dumfries. Capt. Younger was born in March, 1871, and educated at St. Ninians School, Moffat, Dumfriesshire and at Malvern College. He entered the Gordon Highlanders from the Duke of Edinburgh's Own Edinburgh Artillery, in Dec., 1893, being promoted lieut. Nov., 1896, and capt. Dec., 1899. He served with the Chitral Relief Force under Sir Robert Low in 1895, with the 1st battalion of his regiment, and took part in the storming of the Malakand Pass, receiving the medal with clasp. He next saw service in the North-West Frontier of India campaign, 1897-98, under the late Sir William Lockhart, taking part in the operations in the Maidan and Bara Valleys, and receiving two clasps. Capt. Younger proceeded to South Africa with his regiment in Oct., 1899, and joining the Kimberley Relief Force, was present at the battle of Magersfontein, and took part in the subsequent advance into O.R.C. and the Transvaal. In the action in which he was killed he took out a party and successfully dragged a Royal Artillery wagon under cover though exposed to a heavy fire. He then accompanied a second party to bring in a gun, but in this attempt he was mortally wounded and died shortly afterwards. His cool and gallant conduct is stated to have been the admiration of all who witnessed it. For his bravery he was awarded the V.C., L.G. Sept. 28th, 1900, and it was announced in the L.G., Aug. 8th, 1902, that His Majesty the King had been graciously pleased to approve of the decoration being delivered to the representative of Capt. Younger. He had been previously mentioned in despatches, L.G., Feb. 8th, 1901, for his services and having distinguished himself during the operations between Feb. 28th and March 13th, 190o. When Capt. Younger was lying mortally wounded, exposed to a terrific fire, Corporal McKay went out alone and carried him to a place of safety ; and for this act Corporal McKay was awarded the V.C. Capt. Younger is buried in the cemetery at Krugersdorp, and a marble cross has been erected over his grave by his brother officers.

Victoria Cross Citation:

YOUNGER, David Reginald Captain, 1st Bn, Gordon Highlanders
11 July 1900 - Near Krugersdotp, under fire too heavy for horses, he went out with a few men and dragged an artillery wagon into shelter by hand. He then helped Captain GORDON to drag in one of the guns. He was wounded whilst doing this and died shortly afterwards.

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