Captain David Reginald Younger

Gordon Highlanders

11th July 1900

    On July 11, 1900, during the action near Leehoehoek, Captain Younger, finding that the Artillery horses were unable to stand the accurate and terribly severe fire of the enemy, went out with a few men and succeeded in dragging an Artillery wagon into shelter by hand. Later on, he was one of those who, at the call of Captain Gordon (V.C.), volunteered to endeavour to drag in one of the guns by hand, during which attempt he was mortally wounded. (See account of Captain Gordon.)

    Born on March 17, 1871, Captain Younger, after serving as an officer of the Duke of Edinburgh's Edinburgh Artillery, commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant into the Gordon Highlanders on December 23, 1893, fighting at Chitral and on the Punjab Frontier, 1895, 1897-8, including the gallant and historic assault and capture of the Dargai Heights, in October, 1897. The medal and three clasps were obtained by him for these trying services, and, but for his sad but heroic death, the Victoria Cross, as stated in the Gazette, would have been his to wear. It bas now been delivered to his relatives in accordance with the Regulation approved by H.M. The King in 1902.


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