Younger, Henry Johnston

Harry Younger was the elder son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Johnston Younger (C1881, of Harmeny, Balerno, Midlothian) and Katharine Younger (daughter of H.C. Richardson, ICS). His brother Lawrence Richardson Younger (I1915-1920, Ayrshire Yeomanry) was killed in action in 1943 (see individual entry).

He came to Winchester from Horris Hill in September 1912, and left for RMC Sandhurst from Sixth Book in 1916, joining the Highland Light Infantry in 1917, and going to France to 15th Battalion in April 1918.

He left as a Lieutenant in 1919, and after taking his degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1921, he settled down in the family business in Edinburgh and became Director of Wm. Younger & Co., Wm. McEwan & Co., and Scottish Brewers Ltd.

On June 11th 1925 he married Anna Marshall, daughter of Henry Brown Marshall JP, DL, of Rachan, Peebles.

A friend wrote:  “One of his keenest sports was curling: he played regularly in the international matches against England for six or eight years, and won all his matches, as well as several of the important curling trophies.”   But he had also a wide range of other interests: archaeology, history, books and pictures, shooting and fishing, and, latterly, farming and forestry. In 1939 he acquired the farm of Baro on the slopes of the Lammermuirs, where he was building a house, planning a garden, and planting woods.

He joined the Lothians and Border Horse, a Yeomanry unit, and after commanding a squadron for some time, found himself in command of the now mechanized regiment when it went to France in January 1940. As The Times explained: “After some years in the Lothians and Border Yeomanry, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel when the Territorial Army was doubled. As such he went to France early this year…”

He was killed, and his Commanding Officer severely wounded, at St Valery-en-Caux on 12th June 1940.   He lies in grave D.17. of the St Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery.

The eldest of his four children, Gavin William Younger  (I 1940-1944) started at Winchester a week after his father went to France, and went on to join the Scots Guards in 1945. Gavin’s brothers also came to Winchester – Simon Gerard Younger (I1944-1949) and Roland Nicholas Younger (I1948-1953).

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Younger
  • Forenames or initials: Henry Johnston
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1912-1916
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: 1st Lothians & Border Horse
  • Date of Birth: 16th January 1899
  • Date of Death: 12th June 1940
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: St Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery: Grave D.17