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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Young H W
YOUNG, Maj Sir Hubert Winthrop (1885-1950)
Created 1917-1918
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1885; educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery, 1904; Lt, 1907; qualified as interpreter in French, 1907; transferred to 116 Mahratta Light Infantry, Indian Army, 1908; qualified as interpreter in Arabic, 1908; Capt, 1913; Adjutant, 1913-1914; served in World War One, 1914-1918; service on North West Frontier, India, 1915; Assistant Political Officer, Mesopotamia, 1915-1917; Deputy Director Local Resources, 1917-1918; General Staff Officer 2, Hejaz operations, Arabia, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1918; President, Local Resources Board, Damascus, Syria, 1918; awarded DSO, 1919, for gallantry during an attack by Arab forces on Turkish positions at Mezerib, Syria, Sep 1918; Foreign Office, 1919-1921; Assistant Secretary, Middle East Department, Colonial Office, 1921-1927; awarded CMG, 1923; Colonial Secretary, Gibraltar, 1927-1929; Counsellor to High Commissioner for Iraq, 1929-1932; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Baghdad, Iraq, Oct-Nov 1932; Knighted, 1932; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Nyasaland, 1932-1934; created KCMG, 1934; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Northern Rhodesia, 1934-1938; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Trinidad and Tobago, 1938-1942; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Assistant Secretary, Relief Department, 1943-1944; European Regional Office, UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1944-1945; Liberal Party Parliamentary Candidate for Harrow West, 1945, and Edge Hill, 1947; died 1950. 

Publications: The independent Arab (John Murray, London, 1933); Some factors in Colonial Policy (Privately published, London, 1943); Far East relief requirements. Report of Working Party under the chairmanship of Sir Hubert Young (HMSO, London, 1945).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre from originals loaned by St Antony's College, Oxford in 1969.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers relating to operations in the Hedjaz (Hejaz), Arabia, especially the provision of camels and equipment to Sherif Faisal ibn Hussein's Northern Arab Army, 1917-1918, including typescript note by Lt Col Pierce Charles Joyce, Officer Commanding Northern Hejaz Troops, entitled 'Proposed employment of camels put at the disposal of Sherif Faisal by General Allenby', 22 Jul 1918; typescript memorandum by Young to Sherif Faisal ibn Hussein on the deterioration in condition of British supplied camels, in use by the Arab Army, Aug 1918; typescript memorandum by Young detailing equipment to be supplied to the Arab Army, Aug 1918; typescript narrative by Young entitled '1000 miles on a camel. How I got two guns out of the Sherifian Army' [1918].

System of arrangement

1 file

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

English, and some Arabic.

Finding aids

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford University.

Related units of description

The papers of Lt Col Pierce Charles Joyce include material relating to the Hejaz operations, Arabia, 1916-1918 (Ref: Joyce). Young's papers relating to the Middle East, 1913-1932, are held at the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford University. Other papers can be found at Rhodes House Library, Oxford.

Publication note

The independent Arab (John Murray, London, 1933); Some factors in Colonial Policy (Privately published, London, 1943); Far East relief requirements. Report of Working Party under the chairmanship of Sir Hubert Young (HMSO, London, 1945).



Decorations: KCMG, Kt, DSO

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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  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman, 1861-1936, 1st Viscount Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, Field Marshal
  • Faisal I, 1885-1933, King of Iraq
  • Joyce, Pierce Charles, d 1965, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • Arab Army


  • Al-Hijaz, Saudi Arabia, Gulf States, Middle East
  • Arabia
  • Hedjaz
  • Hejaz

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