|Lieutenant-Colonel Henry William
|18th Regiment (late 17th Lancers)
Born in 1836, Henry William Young was the eldest son of Henry Young, Chief
Secretary to the Government of Bombay from 1848 till 1850. Having received
a public school education at Brighton College, from 1854 to 1856 Henry
attended Addiscombe, the East India Company’s seminary for Officer Cadets.
He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Bombay Rifles on the 29th of
Young’s entry in Hart’s Army List reflects his war service with the Bombay
“…(S)erved with the Bombay Rifles (in) the Persian Campaign of 186-57,
including the storming of Reshire, surrender of Bushire, night attack on
British Rear Guard, and battle of Kooshab (Medal with Clasp). Also with the
same Regiment and the Poonah Irregular Horse, (in) the Indian campaigns of
1857-58, present in operations against the Bheels in the Nassick and
Kandeish Hills; commanded during four months early in 1858 the frontier post
of Rajapore; afterwards with the Satpoora Field Force against the Rohillas
and Bheels in the Vindhya mountains; and subsequently in 1858-59 on the
Divisional Staff of Sir John Michel against the rebels under Tantia Topee in
Central India (Medal).”
On the 23rd of August, 1859, Henry William Young was granted a commission
as a Cornet without purchase in H.M. 17th Lancers. In all probably Young
received a commission in the 17th Lancers as a reward for unrecorded gallantry
or other distinguished service during the Indian Mutiny.
Henry William Young was promoted Lieutenant, again without purchase, on the
23rd of July, 1861, and passed the Staff College in 1864. Promoted Captain on
6th of October, 1866, he exchanged to the 18th Regiment (later the Royal
Irish Regiment) in the same year.
In 1868 Young was appointed Aide-de-Camp (Acting) to the Governor of New
Zealand and in 1869 was appointed Assistant Military Secretary (Acting) to
the Governor of New Zealand. In 1872 Young added the name “Keays” to his
surname in 1872, thereafter being known as Keays-Young. He was next
appointed Brigade Major, Shorncliffe, S.E. District in 1881, serving in that
capacity until 1876. In 1878 he was placed in charge of the Intelligence
Branch, Quarter-Master General Department’s for Ireland, serving in that
capacity for two years. Having received a brevet promotion to Major in 1880,
on the 26th of July, 1881, Young retired with the rank of an Honorary
Lieutenant-Colonel Henry William Keays-Young died on the 28th of January,
Matthews, H.J., Brighton College Register Part I, 1847-1863, Brighton.
London Gazette, 23 Aug 1859; 23 March 1880; 26 July 1881; 17 Nov. 1881;
21 Nov. 1881; 6 Jan. 1882; 23 Jan. 1882.
Hart, H.G., Annual Army List 1860, 1881, London.
East India Register and Army List 1859, London.
Vibrant, H.M., Addiscombe, Its Heroes and Men of Note, Westminster,
Carte de viste photograph by C.& R. Lavis, Photographers & Miniature Painters,
of 135 Regent Street, London, a high-end photographic studio established by a
husband and wife at this address sometime between 1859 and 1863. The photo
is signed on the reverse in a contemporary hand: “Capt. Young, 17th Lancers”.
Captain Young is shown wearing the uniform of a Lieutenant in the H.M. 17th
Lancers. He is wearing, in reverse order, an Indian Mutiny medal without clasp
and the India General Service medal with clasp for Persia. The photo was
taken between July of 1861when Young was promoted Lieutenant and 1866
when he was promoted Captain and transferred to the 18th Regiment.