David Reginald Younger VC

Name: David Reginald Younger

Conflict: Second Boer War

Gazetted: August 8, 1902

Service: Army

David Reginald Younger VC

Medal group

Place/date of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland/March 17, 1871

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Captain

Date of bravery: July 11, 1900

London Gazette citation:

Captain D. R. Younger, Gordon Highlanders

This Officer, during the action near Krugersdorp, on the 11th July, 1900, volunteered for and took out the party which successfully dragged a Royal Artillery waggon under cover of a small kopje, though exposed to a very heavy and accurate fire at only 850 yards range. He also accompanied the second party of volunteers who went out to try and bring in one of the guns. During the attempt he was mortally wounded, dying shortly afterwards. His cool and gallant conduct was the admiration of all who witnessed it.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Leeuhoek, Transvaal, South Africa/July 11, 1900

Grave/memorials: Headstone, Krugersdorp Cemetery, Halgryn Street, Krugersdorp, South Africa

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2023

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum