Hubert Winthrop Young

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Hubert Young)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Hubert Winthrop Young
Hubert Winthrop Young.jpg
Born (1885-07-06)6 July 1885
Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
Died 20 April 1950(1950-04-20) (aged 64)
Evora, Portugal
Nationality English
Occupation Soldier, diplomat and colonial governor
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (1934)
Distinguished Service Order (1919)
Order of El Nahda, 3rd Class (Kingdom of Hejaz) (1920)

Major Sir Hubert Winthrop Young, KCMG, DSO, (6 July 1885[1] – 20 April 1950)[2] was an English soldier, Liberal Party politician, diplomat and colonial governor.

Early life and army[edit]

Born on 6 July 1885, Young was educated at Eton before being commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1904.[3] After four year he was transferred to the Indian Army as an officer in the 116th Mahrattas.[4] Young served on the north west frontier becoming an assistant political officer in Mesopotamia during the first world war.[4] He was awarded the DSO for gallantry in Mezerib, Syria in September 1918.[3]


In 1919 Young joined the Foreign Office in London, after three years he was transferred to the Colonial Office as an assistant secretary in the Middle East Department.[4] He was later appointed Colonial Secretary at Gibraltar.[4] In 1929 he moved to Iraq and in 1932 was appointed the first Minister of Baghdad.[4] After a few months he was appointed Governor of Nyasaland, the first of three governorships:

Young had been knighted in 1934 and in 1942 he returned to London where he organised European relief work until he retired in 1945.[4]

He wrote the sympathetic book The Independent Arab, a part-memoir, part-travelogue detailing his diplomatic and military time in the Middle East.


Following his retirement he took an interest in politics and stood twice as a candidate in the 1945 general election at Harrow West for the Liberal Party and again at a by-election in Edge Hill, Liverpool in 1947 without success.[4]

Family life[edit]

Young had married Margaret Rose Mary Reynold in 1924 and they had three sons, Young died in Portugal on 20 April 1950.[4]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Major Hubert Young at Archives Hub
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Major Sir H. Winthrop Young - An Able Colonial Administrator". Obituaries. The Times (51672). London. 22 April 1950. col F, p. 8.