Lieutenant-Colonel Young has commanded 4 Canadian Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery throughout the operation by 2 Canadian Infantry Division in Germany in February, March and April.
During this period, in addition to commanding his regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Young has acted as the Divisional Artillery Commander’s representative with 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade.
In the battles south of Cleve which culminated in the clearing of the Hochwald Forest and the capture of Xanten, Lieutenant-Colonel Young frequently had under his control several regiments of artillery as well as his own. He invariably handled all these resources with great skill and judgment. On several occasions in order to maintain efficient control he remained at his wireless continuously for 48 hours without rest of any kind. Whenever there were lulls in the battle he took the opportunity to visit his representatives and observers with the forward battalions and companies to encourage them and ensure that the artillery support for the leading troops was the best possible. These visits very often took him over roads under shell fire and into observation posts which were being fired upon by the enemy. His coolness under fire and complete disregard of personal danger was always an inspiration to those around him.
After crossing the Rhine and during the drive by 2 Canadian Division to Groningen the rapid advance required the most careful deployment of his regiment in order to provide continuous support. Lieutenant-Colonel Young’s excellent control and skillful handling of his regiment was such that the forward troops were never out of range of his guns. Many enemy pockets were thus quickly overcome and momentum of the advance was maintained.
Lieutenant-Colonel Young’s cool courage, sound tactical judgment and thorough knowledge of artillery have instilled great confidence in all those who worked with him and he has made a major contribution to the many successes achieved by 4 Canadian Infantry Brigade.
This award was obtained in the form of an Bar to be attached on the ribbon of the first award.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 24 January, 1946.