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1939-1945

 

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Yarwood, M.H.
to
Yunnie, R.P.

 

M.H. Yarwood   to   R.P Yunnie
Yarwood,
Miss Mary Hannah
Miss M.H. Yarwood
Daughter of Herbert Turner Yarwood (1874-1953), and Norah Lucy Pentland (1886-1959).
Married ((06?).1952, Birmingham district, Warwickshire) Maj. Donald Sidney Male, Royal Artillery ((03?).1916 - 28.10.2007); one son.
03.04.1912
Solihull district, Warwickshire
-
09.1999
South East Hampshire
2nd Sub. 18.07.1943 [270124]
WS/Sub. 15.04.1944
S/Comd. = Maj. 20.04.1949, seniority 10.02.1949 (reld 01.04.1952)
18.07.1943     commissioned, Auxiliary Territorial Service [emergency commission]
20.04.1949     commissioned, Women's Royal Army Corps
A nephew writes: "She served with Ack Ack in UK and in Egypt and Palestine."
Yates,
Arthur George

A.G. Yates
?
-
Gnr.
?
2nd Lt.
04.06.1938
WS/Lt.
01.03.1943 (reld < 04.1946)



late Cadet, Bedford School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps



served in the ranks, Honourable Artillery Company
04.06.1938


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
04.06.1938
-
(01.1939)
418th (Bedfordshire) Battery, 105th (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Army Field Regiment RA (Biggleswade)
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
(1939)
-
(1940)
"C" Battery, 52nd Heavy Regiment RA
Yates,
Cecil Ralph [England]

C.R. Yates
Son of Ralph and Rosetta Yates.
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
07.11.1909
South Norwood, Croydon district, Surrey
-
24.04.1982
Westleton, Saxmundham, Ipswich district, Suffolk
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 09.03.1940 [124259]
WS/Lt. 19.07.1942 (reld > 10.1945, < 01.1946)
T/Capt. 19.07.1942-(10.1945)
Hon. Capt. > 10.1945, < 04.1946
Efficiency Medal (Militia) EM 31.01.1984 [posthumously]
      either 164th, 165th, 166th, 167th or 168th Officer Cadet Training Unit
09.03.1940     commissioned, The King's Royal Rifle Corps [emergency commission]
Yates,
Geoffrey Hartley
G.H. Yates

?
-
2nd Lt.
08.06.1940 [40602]
WS/Capt.
05.01.1941
T/Maj.
05.01.1941-17.10.1942
WS/Maj.
18.10.1942
T/Lt.Col.
18.10.1942-(04.1946)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE
30.09.1941
non-combattant gallantry
Mention in Despatches MID
17.12.1940
non-combattant gallantry
Officer, Legion of Merit (USA) LM
14.11.1947
?
08.06.1940


commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers [emergency commission]
(1940)
-
(1941)
Officer Commanding, No. 2 Bomb Disposal Company RE
(05.1941)
 
 
Officer Commanding, No. 25 Bomb Disposal Company, RE [?]
Yates,
Peter Mandall

P.M. Yates (Photo courtesy of Mr Steve Brack)
Son of ... Yates, and ... Hatley.
From Doncaster.
(03?).1914
Donacaster, Lincolnshire / Nottinghamshire / Yorkshire - West Riding
-
2nd Lt.
12.04.1933 [58824]
Lt.
12.04.1936
WS/Capt.
23.06.1940
T/Maj.
23.06.1940-(04.1941)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE
14.10.1943
Middle East (Egypt and Libya)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St
-
-
Africa Star Afr St
-
-
Defence Medal Def M
-
-
British War Medal 1939-1945 BWM 39|45
-
-



late Cadet, St Peter's School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps

12.04.1933


commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers - Supplementary Reserve of Officers
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
1939?
-
1942?
Officer Commanding, 106th Army Troops Company RE (France, UK, Middle East)
12.04.1943
 
 
transferred, Regular Army Reserve of Officers
Yeates,
H
H. Yeates (Photo courtesy of Mr Lee Lidbury)
?
-
?
Lt. QM 01.03.1933 [58289]
WS/Capt. QM 01.07.1940

 

      10th London Regiment - Territorial Army
(1941)     8th (HD) Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment
Yeldham,
Eric Charles
E.C. Yeldham
12.12.1909
Rathdrum district, Ireland
-
19.04.1959
Chelsea district, London
2nd Lt. 29.08.1929
Capt. 12.04.1937
A/Maj. 11.02.1941-10.05.1941
T/Maj. 11.05.1941-30.08.1943
WS/Maj. 31.08.1943 (half-pay 08.09.1945) (retd 30.11.1946)
A/Lt.Col. 31.05.1943-30.08.1943
T/Lt.Col. 31.08.1943-02.11.1944
Mention in Despatches MID 23.09.1943 ?
29.08.1929     commissioned, The Hampshire Regiment
(06.1944)     Commanding Officer, 3rd Parachute Battalion
Yonge,
David Duke

D.D. Yonge
Son (with three brothers) of Ambrose Pode Yonge (1878-), and Isabel Eva Haws.
Married ((09?).1944, Winchester district, Hampshire) Jean Dorothea Tillard, daughter of R.Adm. Stephen Dowell Tillard, RN; one daughter, one son.
Residence: (1944) Twickenham; Summerhill, Shawford, nr Winchester.
21.10.1918
Brentford district, Buckinghamshire
-
06.2006
Winchester district, Hampshire
Gnr. ?
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 18.02.1940 [121049]
WS/Lt. 18.08.1941 (demobilized > 08.1946, < 12.1946) (reld 05.12.1951)
T/Capt. 12.03.1943-(01.)1945
Hon. Capt. 05.12.1951
Military Cross MC 10.02.1944 Italy [recommendation available upon request]
Education: Epsom College (1932-1937); Exeter College, Oxford (Literae Humaniores 1937; MA).
      123rd Officer Cadet Training Unit
18.02.1940     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
      3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery RA
District Officer, Tanganyika Territory.
Young,
Albert Richard Ring
A.R.R. Young (Photo courtesy of Mr Lee Lidbury)
1888
Australia
-
1958
Australia
T/Maj. 05.03.1940 [2934]

TD

      Territorial Army Reserve of Officers (Class II)
(1941)     8th (HD) Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment
Young,
Charles William Marr
C.W.M. Young
16.02.1915
-
died before 02.1967
2nd Lt.
31.01.1935 [64553]
Lt.
31.01.1938
A/Capt.
03.09.1939-16.10.1939, 17.09.1940-02.11.1940
T/Capt.
03.11.1940-30.01.1943
Capt.
31.01.1943
A/Maj.
13.11.1945-27.12.1945, 14.01.1946-01.03.1946
T/Maj.
02.03.1946-30.01.1948
Maj.
31.01.1948
T/Lt.Col.
13.12.1947-19.04.1954
Lt.Col.
12.04.1955 (retd 29.01.1958)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.06.1953
Pakistan
NW Frontier of India 37-39 Medal & Clasp
31.01.1935


commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals
(01.1937)


served at Aldershot
(01.1939)


served in India



?



served in Pakistan
08.05.1955
-
(02.1957)
Chief Signals Officer, General Headquarters East Africa
AMIEE
Young,
James Ernest
J.E. Young
From Scarborough.
15.10.1908
-
(06?).1980
Bristol district, Avon
2nd Lt. 02.01.1932 [51862]
Lt. 02.01.1935
Capt. 03.11.1937
WS/Maj. 10.11.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
T/Lt.Col. 10.11.1943-(10.1945)
Hon. Lt.Col. < 04.1946
Maj. 15.10.1953, seniority 01.11.1947
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 24.08.1944 Italy *
Army Emergency Reserve Decoration ERD 10.09.1954 & 1st clasp
* For continuous devotion to duty in particularly difficult circumstances. During the period November 1942-July 1943 was responsible (as a regimental officer and as Commanding Officer) for Air Force communications in North Africa between Algiers and Tunis. As from July 1943 was Deputy Chief Signals Officer, Northwest African Air Forces, and had to reorganise and control all Air Force line communications in Sicily during the critical period of August 1943. As from October 1943, was principally responsible for the planning and supervision of Allied Air Forces lines in Eastern Italy. Throughout the period, has displayed notable initiative and devotion to duty, in spite of illness, and has been largely instrumental in all success achieved.
02.01.1932 - 15.10.1953 commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals - Supplementary Reserve [later: Army Emergency Reserve of Officers]
24.08.1939     mobilized SR
1942 - 1944? HQ Mediterranean Allied Air Forces
15.10.1953 - 15.10.1963 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [attained age limit]

Worked with Post Office.

Young,
John Frederick
J.F. Young
?
-
Lt.
30.10.1935 [65990]
Capt.
01.11.1938
Maj.
01.04.1939
Hon. Lt.Col.
?
Distinguished Service Order DSO
21.06.1945
NW Europe
Chevalier of the Order of Leopold II with palm (Belgium) LeoII
08.12.1945
Belgium
Croix de Guerre 1940 with palm CdeG
08.12.1945
Belgium



late Flying Officer, RAF
30.10.1935


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army (52nd (London) Anti-Aircraft Brigade)
24.08.1939


mobilized TA



Commanding Officer, 119th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
Young,
Leslie Herbert
L.H. Young
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
?
-
?
Lt. 24.08.1940 [145538] (reld > 04.1946, < 08.1946)
T/Capt. 07.08.1941-(07.1942),
19.07.1943-(04.1944),
09.05.1944-(01.1945),
09.02.1945-(10.1945)
Hon. Capt.  > 04.1946, < 08.1946
24.08.1940     commissioned, The Gordon Highlanders [emergency commission]
Young,
Peter
P. Young P. Young
P. Young 
Son of Dallas H.W. Young, MBE, and Irene Barbara Lushington Mellor.
Married (1950) Joan Duckworth; no children.
28.07.1915
Kensington district, Greater London
-
13.09.1988
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
2nd Lt.
26.08.1937 [77254]
Lt.
26.08.1940
A/Capt.
16.09.1940-15.12.1940
T/Capt.
16.12.1940-25.06.1942
WS/Capt.
26.06.1942
Capt.
26.08.1945
A/Maj.
05.03.1942-25.04.1942,
18.05.1942-25.06.1942
T/Maj.
26.06.1942-31.10.1943
WS/Maj.
01.11.1943
Maj.
?
A/Lt.Col.
01.08.1943-31.10.1943
T/Lt.Col.
01.11.1943-05.04.1945
WS/Lt.Col.
06.04.1945-18.11.1948 (Employed List (1))
Lt.Col.
28.02.1956 (retd 17.07.1959)
A/Col.
06.10.1945-05.04.1945
T/Col.
06.04.1945-06.03.1946
A/Brig.
19.06.1945-18.12.1945
T/Brig.
19.12.1945-04.01.1946
Hon. Brig.
17.07.1959
Distinguished Service Order DSO
02.10.1942
Dieppe
Military Cross MC
03.04.1942
Vaagsö & Maaloy
Military Cross MC
21.10.1943
Sicily
Military Cross MC
13.01.1944
Italy

Order of El Istiqlal (Jordan) 3rd Class, 1954.

Education: Monmouth School; Trinity College, Oxford (MA); Staff College, Camberley (psc)
26.08.1937


commissioned, General List - University Candidates
28.01.1939
-
1940
commissioned, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (served BEF Dunkirk (wounded))
1940
-
1942
No. 3 Commando (raids on Guernsey, 1940; Lofoten and Vaagso, 1941, Dieppe, 1942, Sicily and Italy, 1943)
05.03.1942
-
25.04.1942
General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (GSO2), Combined Operations HQ
1942
-
1943
Second-in-Command, No. 3 Commando
1943
-
1945
Commanding Officer, No. 3 Commando (Normandy, 1944; Arakan, 1944-45)
1945
-
1946
Commander, 1st Commando Brigade
09.11.1951
-
08.03.1953
General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (GSO2), GHQ Middle East Land forces
1953
-
1956
Commanded 9th Regiment Arab Legion
03.07.1956
-
29.09.1956
General Staff Officer, 1st grade (GSO1), School of Amphibious Warfare
Reader in Military History, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, 1959-69. General Editor, Military Memoirs series, 1967-; Editor, Purnell's History of First World War, 1970-72; Editor in Chief, Orbis' World War II, 1972-74; TV Consultant: Churchill and the Generals, 1980; 1798, The Year of the French, 1981; By The Sword Divided, 1st series 1983 (Military Consultant), 2nd series 1984 (Historical Adviser). Vice-President: Commando Association; Naseby Preservation Society; Military Historical Society; Chairman, Cheriton 1644 Association. FSA 1960; FRGS 1968. 
Published: Bedouin Command, 1956; Storm from the Sea, 1958; The Great Civil War (with late Lt­Col Alfred H. Burne, DSO), 1959; Cromwell, 1962; Hastings to Culloden (with John Adair), 1964; World War 1939-45, 1966; Edgehill, 1642: The Campaign and the Battle, 1967; The British Army, 1642-1970, 1967; The Israeli Campaign, 1967, 1967; (ed) Decisive Battles of the Second World War, 1967; Charge (with Lt­Col J. P. Lawford), 1967; (jt editor) The Civil War: Richard Atkyns and John Gwyn, 1967; Oliver Cromwell, 1968; Commando, 1969; Cropredy Bridge, 1644 (with Margaret Toynbee), 1970; Marston Moor, 1644, 1970; (ed. with Lt­Col J. P. Lawford) History of the British Army, 1970; Chasseurs of the Guard, 1971; The Arab Legion, 1971; George Washington's Army, 1972; (ed) John Cruso, Militarie Instructions for the Cavall'rie, 1972; Blücher's Army, 1973; Armies of the English Civil War, 1973; (with Lt­Col J. P. Lawford) Wellington's Masterpiece, 1973; (ed and contrib.) The War Game, 1973; (ed and contrib.) The Machinery of War, 1973; (with R. Holmes) The English Civil War, 1974; Atlas of the Second World War, 1974; (with M. Toynbee) Strangers in Oxford, 1974; (with W. Emberton) The Cavalier Army, 1974; (ed with Brig. M. Calvert) A Dictionary of Battles: 1816-1976, 1977; 1815-1915, 1977; 1715-1815, 1978; (with W. Emberton) Sieges of the Great Civil War, 1642-1646, 1978; Civil War England, 1981; D­Day, 1981; The Fighting Man, 1981; Naseby 1645: the campaign and the battle, 1985; (contrib.) Napoleon's Marshals, 1987; numerous articles in Army Historical Research Journal and Chambers's Encyclopædia.
Young,
Richard Arthur Allicocke
R.A.A. Young
Son of Col. Arthur St Leger Newton Young (1869-1917), and Lucy Burrill.
Married (08.09.1934, Gerrards Cross) Gundred Eva Waller (06.04.1908 - 21.11.1977), daughter of  Henry Trench FitzArthur de Warrenne Waller (1873-1911), and Beatrice Edith Wayn (1873-1959); one daughter, one son.
15.10.1904
Orlingbury, Northamptonshire
-
05.06.1984
hospital, Kendal district, Westmorland (formerly of Bowness-on-Windermere)
2nd Lt. 03.02.1928 [35474]
26.08.1947, seniority 15.10.1927
Lt. 03.02.1931
Capt. 19.06.1937
A/Maj. 04.09.1939-03.12.1939
T/Maj. 04.12.1939-31.03.1940,
01.12.1940-02.06.1941,
14.10.1941-13.05.1942,
10.06.1942-02.02.1945
Maj. 03.02.1945 (retd 29.05.1954)
A/Lt.Col. 14.08.1945-13.11.1945
T/Lt.Col. 14.11.1945-(04.1946)
Hon. Lt.Col. 29.05.1954
Mention in Despatches MID 23.09.1943 North Africa
Polonia Restituta (Poland) PolRest 07.12.1944 ?
      late Cadet, Bedford School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
30.06.1926     commissioned, Royal Tank Corps - Supplementary Reserve of Officers
03.02.1928     commissioned, Royal Tank Corps (later: Royal Tank Regiment) - Royal Armoured Corps
... - ... ...
29.05.1954 - 27.07.1955 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [exceeded age limit]
Youngson,
William Henry Arthur

W.H.A. Youngson
Son (with three sisters and one brother) of Duncan Forbes Christie Youngson (1880-1952), and Majorie Cline (1889-1967).
Married Wisome Ann Liddell (09.12.1923 - ), daughter of Charles Oliver Liddell (1889-1949), and Nellie Devrey (1895-1963); ... children (two sons?).
21.11.1918
Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
-
15.12.1999
Port Macquarie, Australia
2nd Lt. 14.09.1940 [149071]
WS/Lt. 14.03.1942
WS/Capt. 26.11.1944
T/Maj. 26.11.1944-(04.1946)
Capt. 30.12.1951, seniority 26.03.1947
Hon. Maj. 24.03.1956
Mention in Despatches MID 05.04.1945 Burma / Eastern Frontier of India
14.09.1940     commissioned, The Gordon Highlanders [emergency commission]
      attached, Royal Indian Army Service Corps (despatches)
30.12.1951     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
24.03.1956     Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
Yourovsky,
Emanuel

"Monia"
E. Yourovsky E. Yourovsky
Changed last name to Young.
Son of Alexander Yourovsky, and Vera (Dvora) Stein.
Married Nathalie ...; three children.

06..02.1918
Brighton, Sussex
-
07.01.2010
Waltham Abbey
Cadet ? [142510]
2nd Lt. 06.11.1943 [299402 ]
WS/Lt. 06.05.1944 (reld > 04.1946, < 08.1946)
A/Capt. ? 1945/46?
Hon. Lt. > 04.1946, < 08.1946
06.11.1943     commissioned, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) [emergency commission]
Musical conductor.
His son writes: "I recall seeing a polyphoto of him as a captain - after the war ended and before demobilisation. He was latterly attached to ENSA in Italy and also with occupation forces in Klagenfurt, Austria. I discovered that he had been attached in Italy to 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment under Col John Whittie who died when his jeep was blown up."
Yunnie,
Robert Park
"Bob"
R.P. Yunnie R.P. Yunnie
Lived at Aberdeen.
24.04.1909
Inverness district, Inverness, Scotland
-
03.1961
Congo Republic (died as a mercenary)
2nd Lt.
25.05.1941 [201206]
WS/Lt.
02.03.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
T/Capt.
10.10.1942-(04.1944)
Hon. Capt.
< 04.1946
Military Cross MC
08.02.1945
Italy *
* On 12 June 1944 at the mouth of River Tenna, Italy, then in enemy hands, Capt. Yunnie was landed from the sea to make arrangements for the subsequent landing of a raiding force of armed vehicles. On the night of 15/16 June the L.C.T. carrying this foce was successfully signalled in from the shore by Capt. Yunnie. The landing craft broached to, the vehicles could not be landed and the ship had to be abandoned. Capt. Yunnie declined to be taken off by the escorting vessel and having volunteered to remain on shore with a foot party, he operated for several days in the immediate rear of the retreating enemy, causing considerable confusion. In the course of a well-timed action he overpowered the German guard and the Demolition Party responsible for the blowing up of a main road bridge which was thus preserved for the use of our own pursuing forces.
Insurance broker.
19.09.1939
 
 
enlisted & served in the ranks, Royal Army Service Corps (1st Cavalry Division)
?
-
25.05.1941
Officer Cadet Training Unit, Cairo
25.05.1941
 
 
commissioned, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) [emergency commission]
?
-
11.1942
served Libyan Arab Force
23.11.1942
- 1945? No 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA ("Popski's Private Army") (Western Desert [Tunisia & Algeria], Italy & Austria)
Published: The cause and cure of disease (1950); Warriors on wheels (1959; memoirs) [republished as: Fighting with Popski's Private Army]
       
 
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