Major Alastair Donald Young


Unit : 224th Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

Awards : Distinguished Service Order


On the 6th June 1944, the field ambulance landed by parachute over a wide area, four miles from the Drop Zone in area 1875 (Ref Map France 1/50,000 Sheet 7/F/2). It immediately came under heavy fire. The commanding officer was missing so Major Young took over command, rallied and collected his men and finally succeeded in getting the major portion to the R.V. through enemy infested and mined country, at the same time carrying their wounded with them.


On the 8th June 1944, the Main Dressing Station, which he had established at Le Mesnil (1572 - Ref Map France 1/50,000 Sheet 7 F/2) was heavily mortarted and machine gunned causing many casualties. Major Young organised the collection and treatment of these casualties, meanwhile ordering all unnecessary personnel to take cover.


His coolness and complete disregard for his own personal safety was an inspiration to both bearers and patients. This Main Dressing Station was functioning within 500 yards of the enemy. This officer by his personal example, leadership and initiative has been outstanding {unreadable} in this campaign.


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