Gavin David Young (24 April 1928 – 18 January 2001) was born in Bude, Cornwall, England. His father, Gavin Young, was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Welsh Guards. Daphne, his mother, was the daughter of Sir Charles Leolin Forestier-Walker, Bt, of Monmouthshire. Young spent most of his youth in Cornwall and South Wales. He graduated from Oxford University, where he studied modern history.
Young spent two years with the Ralli Brothers shipping company in Basra in Iraq before living with the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. He fashioned his experiences into a book, Return to the Marshes (1977). In 1960, from Tunis, he joined The Observer of London as a foreign correspondent, and was the Observer’s correspondent in Paris and New York. He had covered fifteen wars and revolutions throughout the world, and worked for The Guardian and was a travel writer. Gavin Young died in London on 18 January 2001. He was 72 years old.
^"Gavin Young". The Telegraph. 19 January 2001. Retrieved 27 February 2011. "Gavin David Young was born on April 24 1928, the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Gavin Young, of the Welsh Guards, and Daphne, daughter of Sir Leolin Forestier-Walker, Bt, of Monmouthshire."
^Anderson, Sarah (19 January 2001). "Gavin Young". The Independent. Retrieved 1 March 2011. "Young was born in 1928 and spent his youth in Cornwall and South Wales. After leaving Rugby he became a deck-hand in the Merchant Navy and did his National Service in the Welsh Guards before going to Oxford to read Modern History at Trinity College, where he was taught by Tony Crosland, who became a friend."
^Young, Gavin (1978) . Return to the Marshes. Great Britain: Futura Publications. p. 78. ISBN0-7088-1354-2. "My job was to see that the cargoes of the Ralli Brothers, the company I worked for, were correctly loaded, and so my days were divided between Ralli Brothers' dank, crumbling office in the old bazaar and the ships."