David Young (British Army officer)

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Sir David Young
Born 17 May 1926
Died 9 January 2000
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 1st Bn the Royal Scots
12th Mechanised Brigade
General Officer Commanding Scotland
Battles/wars Malayan Emergency
Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross

Lieutenant General Sir David Tod Young KBE CB DFC (17 May 1926 – 9 January 2000) was General Officer Commanding Scotland.

Military career[edit]

Educated at George Watson's College in Edinburgh, Young was commissioned into the Royal Scots in 1945.[1] He was seconded to the Glider Pilot Regiment in 1949 and qualified as a pilot.[2]

He served in the Malayan Emergency in the early 1950s and won his Distinguished Flying Cross operating at low levels over rugged jungle terrain with 656 Air Observation Squadron.[2]

He was selected to be Commanding Officer of 1st Bn the Royal Scots in 1967.[2] In 1970 he was appointed Commander of 12th Mechanised Brigade and in 1972 he became Deputy Military Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.[1] He moved on to be Commander Land Forces at HQ Northern Ireland in 1975 at the height of the Troubles[3] and then became Director, Infantry in 1977.[1] He was made General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 1980: before retiring from regular service in 1982.[1] He became Colonel Commandant of the Ulster Defence Regiment from 1986 to 1991.[2]

In retirement he became Chairman of Cairntech Limited.[1] He was also Chairman of the Scottish Committee of Marie Curie Cancer Care.[1]


He married Joyce Marian Melville in 1950; they had two sons.[1] Following the death of his first wife, he married Joanna Oyler in 1988.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ a b c d Lt-Gen Sir David Young Glasgow Herald, 18 January 2000
  3. ^ Lt-Gen Sir David Young The Scotsman, 19 January 2000
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Gow
GOC Scotland
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Boswell