The J.D. Young Memorial lecture will be delivered to faculty and cadets in Currie Hall at the Royal Military College of Canada on Thursday 24 January, 2008 at 1700 hrs.


2360 Major John Douglas (Doug) Young (RMC 1933) was posted to the 13th Field Regiment, RCA, a unit assigned a D-Day role on 6 June 1944. He served as Unit Deployment Officer or “beach master” in his sector of “Juno”, the Canadians’ designated stretch of the Normandy coast. He died when his upper right leg was shattered by an exploding shell. He having no known grave, Major Young is commemorated with similar fallen in the Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France

Previous J.D. Young Memorial Lectures

• His Excellency John Ralston Saul delivered the J.D. Young Memorial Lecture “A New Era Of Irregular Warfare?” on February 4, 2004. http://www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4295

• Dr. Michael Ignatieff, Director of the Carr Center of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University and author, delivered the J.D. Young Memorial Lecture “Ethics And The New War” in 2001. http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/engraph/Vol2/no4/pdf/5-10_e.pdf.

H7860 Senator Roméo RAJL Dallaire (CMR RMC 1969) delivered the J.D. Young Memorial Lecture “To Be a Leader in the Canadian Forces in the New Millennium” 25 March 1998.

• John Charles Polyani, winner of 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry delivered the J.D. Young Memorial Lecture “Soldiers and Scientists, Some Reflections on the Subject of Risk” on January 19, 1994

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