Open main menu

David Young (British Army officer)

Lieutenant General Sir David Tod Young KBE, CB, DFC (17 May 1926 – 9 January 2000) was a senior British Army officer who served as General Officer Commanding Scotland from 1980 to 1982.

Sir David Young
Born(1926-05-17)17 May 1926
Died9 January 2000(2000-01-09) (aged 73)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1945–1982
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldGeneral Officer Commanding Scotland
12th Mechanised Brigade
1st Battalion the Royal Scots
Battles/warsSecond World War
Malayan Emergency
Operation Banner
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Flying Cross

Military careerEdit

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 Battalion 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
General Officer Commanding Scotland
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Boswell