Younger, Lawrence Richardson

‘Lawrie’ Younger was the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Johnston Younger (C1881, of ‘Harmeny’, Balerno, Midlothian) and Katharine Younger (daughter of H.C. Richardson, ICS). His elder brother, Major Harry J. Younger (I1912-1916), was killed at St. Valery in June 1940 (see individual entry).

Lawrie followed his brother to Mr. Bather’s House. He was fond of all outdoor sports, a good shot and fisherman, and a first-class rider to hounds. After taking his degree at Trinity College, Cambridge he joined the 12th Lancers for a time, but went on the reserve of officers in 1926. He was Factor first to Sir Herbert Maxwell, Bart., and from 1934, to the Duke of Buccleuch at Drumlanrig. He married in 1934 Katherine (‘Kit’) Graham, and the couple had four daughters.  They lived at ‘Dabton’, Thornhill.

As late as 1938 the Ayrshire Yeomanry had still been a mounted regiment, but when mobilized in August 1939 they converted to artillery and were sent to Orkney to help defend Scapa Flow.  After a spell in Essex, the regiment was then attached to 6th Armoured Division and in November 1942 sailed to Tunisia.

From January 1943 they were continually in action with 6th Armoured Division culminating in the final advance on Tunis in late April 1943.    He became a Captain in the Ayrshire Yeomanry and for some months until shortly before his death he was second-in-command to W.J.R. Bedford (A1911-15) a Regular gunner officer who was killed on April 22nd 1943 (see individual entry).

Younger then took over command of the regiment. As the advance continued, 1 Guards Brigade was brought up to assault German positions on Djebel Kournine on April 25th, with 2nd Coldstream Guards in the lead supported by the Ayrshire Yeomanry.  As the Coldstream Guards attacked, they came under heavy artillery fire but by 1000 that day the attack had come to an end, and 6th Armoured Division withdrew.   The enemy spotted the movement and commenced heavy shell-fire, during which Younger was killed.

Killed at the age of forty-two, he had been mentioned in despatches, and rests in grave 16.H.1 of the Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Younger
  • Forenames or initials: Lawrence Richardson
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1915-1920
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Ayrshire Yeomanry, Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 30th October 1901
  • Date of Death: 26th April 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery: Grave 16.H.1