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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Young B K
YOUNG, Maj Gen Bernard Keith (1892-1969)
Created 1932-1969
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1892; educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers, 1912; Lt, 1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on Western Front, Salonika, Greece and Palestine, 1914-1918; acting Capt, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, 1916-1917; served in Salonika, 60 (London) Div, 1916-1917; Adjutant, Territorial Force, 1916-1918; Capt, 1917; awarded MC, 1917; Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Palestine, 1917-1918; served with Egyptian Army, Sudan, 1918-1919; Maj, 1928; Deputy Assistant Director of Works, War Office, 1931-1933; Chief Instructor, General Staff Officer 2, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1933-1936; Brevet Lt Col, 1934; Lt Col, 1936; Col, 1937; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Assistant Adjutant General, War Office, 1939-1940; temporary Brig, 1940; commanded Infantry Bde, 1940-1941; acting Maj Gen, 1941; Chief Engineer, Allied Forces, 1941-1945; served in Middle East, 1942; temporary Maj Gen, 1943; British North Africa Force and Allied Forces Headquarters, 1943; awarded CBE, 1943; retired 1945; Hon Col, 120 Construction Regt, Royal Engineers, Territorial Army, 1948-1950; Director General, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 1950-1959; Hon Col, 121 Army Engineer Regt, Royal Engineers, Territorial Army, 1952-1959; died 1969.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1981.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript lecture notes on the training of officers, School of Military Engineering, Chatham, Kent [1940]; typescript memorandum by Young entitled 'Notes on Engineer intelligence', 1943; typescript notes by Young on the effects of bombing on port facilities in North Africa, 1943; typescript article by Young entitled 'The development of land mine warfare', 1944; typescript notes by Young entitled 'In Macedonia, 1916-1917', written in 1946, with a manuscript letter from Lt Col Anthony Heritage Farrar-Hockley, Commanding Officer 3 Bn, The Parachute Regt, thanking Young for the use of the notes, 1962; typescript volume entitled 'The Brigade Headquarter's Story. The story of the 130th Brigade HQ (43rd Wessex Division) 1939-1946', edited by S G M Liddle, with four photographs and typescript list of former 130 Bde officers, 1951; correspondence relating to Young's appointment as Hon Col, 121 Army Engineer Regt, Royal Engineers, Territorial Army, 1952-1959; edition of Salonika memories 1915-1919 by G E Willis (Salonika Reunion Association, Newbury Weekly News, Newbury, 1969); edition of Ten Chapters 1942 to 1945 by FM Sir Bernard Law Montgomery (Hutchinson, London, 1946); articles from The Royal Engineers Journal, 1932-1934, including article by Young entitled 'The diary of an RE subaltern with the BEF in 1914'.

System of arrangement

3 files

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: CBE, MC

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military education
  • Military equipment
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Photographs
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Weapons
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Hockley, Sir, Anthony Heritage, Farrar-, b 1924, Knight, General

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Chatham, Kent, England
  • Eastern Europe
  • London, England
  • Macedonia
  • North Africa
  • Salonika, Greece

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