Younger, Charles Frearson


Charles Younger was the third and youngest son of Sir George Younger, 1st Baronet and 1st Viscount Younger of Leckie, MP (for Ayr Burghs), JP, DL, of Leckie, Stirlingshire. His mother was Lucy Younger (daughter of Edward Smith MD, FRS, of Heanor Fall, Derbyshire). He was the brother of James Younger (F1893-1899), 2nd Viscount Younger from 1929; his other brother (Second Lieutenant Edward John Younger, 16th Lancers) was killed in the Boer War. He came to Mr Buckland’s House (Hawkins’) from Cheam School. He was Head of his House and, in the words of The Wykehamist of April 1917 “It was here that his character came out, his healthy tastes, his simple straightforwardness, his good judgement, his strength of will. As many have testified, he ruled cheerfully and firmly, he met with ready obedience, and his influence was deeply felt.” In Sixth Book in his last year, he played for Lords in 1903 and 1904, was a fine left-hand bowler and was instrumental in the defeat of Eton in 1904. He went up to New College, Oxford in 1904 and on leaving Oxford he entered his father’s brewery business in Alloa, of which he later became managing director. He occasionally returned to Winchester to play cricket for the Old Wykehamist team.

He obtained a commission in the Lothians and Border Horse in 1909. In 1913 he married Marjory Caroline Murray, sister of Kenneth Murray (G 1905-1910) and lived at Gartur, Stirling. They had no children. He was mortally wounded in action at St Leger, near Albert on 20th March 1917 and died the next day “unconscious and free from pain” at Aveluy aged 31. He is buried in grave M.8 of the Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension and is commemorated in the memorial chapel of Holy Trinity Church, Stirling.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Younger
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Frearson
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1899-1904
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Lothians and Border Horse
  • Date of Birth: 9th September 1885
  • Date of Death: 21st March 1917
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION: Grave M.8