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John Edward Talbot Younger

(1888-1974), Major-General

Sitter in 7 portraits

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John Edward Talbot Younger, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x165212

John Edward Talbot Younger

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, February 1945
NPG x165212

John Edward Talbot Younger, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x20533

John Edward Talbot Younger

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, February 1945
NPG x20533

John Edward Talbot Younger, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x20534

John Edward Talbot Younger

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, February 1945
NPG x20534

John Edward Talbot Younger, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x71680

John Edward Talbot Younger

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 20 May 1948
NPG x71680

John Edward Talbot Younger, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x71681

John Edward Talbot Younger

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 20 May 1948
NPG x71681

John Edward Talbot Younger, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x71682

John Edward Talbot Younger

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 20 May 1948
NPG x71682

John Edward Talbot Younger, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x71683

John Edward Talbot Younger

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 20 May 1948
NPG x71683

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J Michael Younger

08 December 2020, 18:07

From Moffat, Dumfrieshire. Attended Wellington College, Berkshire. Head Boy. After leaving, he was trained at Woolwich Royal Academy from where he joined the Royal Artillery. Whilst at Wookwich, he played as scrum half notably against Sandhurst, whose scrum half was Bernard Montgomery. Whilst playing as scrum half for the Harlequins, he was selected to play as scrum half for the Barbarians. However, he was sent out on the first troop ship at the start of WW1 and never managed to play for the Barbarians.
He took part in the last ever British cavalry charge in the first battle Mons. They were routed by overwhelming German force and retreated to Le Cateau. The next day the remaining British were over run, Edward was captured and spent the rest of the war in German prison camps, a dreadful experience.
Released in prisoner exchange, he spent time in Holland, gathering his strength and purpose in life.
On returning to England, he married Harriot Bisset Holmes at St John's Church, Bemerton, near Salisbury, where Harriot's mother Lady Isabella Holmes and siblings lived at Riversfield House.
Two children Malcolm and Vivienne were born. A posting took them to Gibraltar.
A following post to Larkhill brought them back to Bemerton House.
Daughter Vivienne was run over by a train. Devastated, Harriot never recovered from the loss of her daughter and 45 years later, Malcolm was being driven home in an Army Staff car which was run into by a biscuit lorry. He was killed outright, thus having lost both their offspring.
Their grandson J Michael Younger returned from Canada to be near them until the end.

John Michael Younger grandson

18 November 2019, 15:49

Born 1888. Son of Colonel John Younger and Caroline Isabella Shakespear.
CB, KStJ. Founder of the Army Ski Association and of The Army Mountainering Club.
Secretary of the Order of St John
Married Harriot Bisset Holmes 1919 at St Johns, Bemerton.
Son ...Colonel John Malcolm Arbuthnot Younger, MBE
Daughter Vivienne Grace Younger

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