Captain D Reginald Younger VC

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St John's Episcopal Church



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Brass
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Triangular headed brass plaque with incised white lettering, mounted on a wooden backboard. White painted Latin cross at top centre of plaque. Previously in St Ninian's School until closure in 1987. Captain David Reginald Younger 1st Battalion. Gordon Highlanders. London Gazetted on 8th August 1902. Born on 17th March 1871 at Edinburgh. Killed in action on 11th June 1900 at Lechochoek, Transvaal, South Africa. Memorial on grave at Krugersdorp Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa. Digest citation reads: Captain Younger headed a party near Krugersdorp, South Africa, on 11th July 1900. They successfully manhandled an artillery wagon, protected only by a small kopje, even so they were exposed to heavy and precise enemy fire. He joined the second party which had gone out to attempt to bring in the guns and he was mortally wounded and later dying of these wounds. Additional information:. Captain Younger served as an officer in the Edinburgh Artillery before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Gordon Highlanders on 23rd December 1893. In India he saw action at Chitral and the Punjab Frontier. On the 20th October 1897 he took part in the assault on Dargai, a precipitous hill feature on the Samana Ridge which covered the road to Tirah (now in Pakistan). He received the Medal and three clasps. Captain Younger's relatives received his Victoria Cross after his Majesty King Edward VII had approved the Decoration in accordance with the regulations. The Victoria Cross 1856-1920, records Captain Younger as being Gazetted on the 28th September 1900 . where it is stated that David Reginald Younger, Captain, The Gordon Highlanders. In recognition of the conspicuous bravery displayed by a him on the same occasion , 11th July, 1900, would have been recommended to Her Majesty for the Victoria Cross had he survived. He would have won his Victoria Cross at the same time as Captain William Eagleson Gordon, also of the Gordon Highlanders
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