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YOUNG, Sir Aretas William, British soldier, born about 1778; died 1 December, 1835. He entered the army in 1795 as ensign, was captain in the 13th foot in 1796, and served in Ireland during the rebellion of 1798. In 1801 he was on duty in Egypt, and in 1807 he was advanced to the rank of major in the 47th regiment. Subsequently he was engaged in many battles of the Peninsular war, and from 1813 he served in the West Indies as lieutenant-colonel, chiefly at Trinidad. In 1815 he was sent to join the expedition against Guadaloupe, and received one of the badges of the Order of Merit from Louis XVIII. He was next placed in command of the troops in Grenada, and, on his being ordered back to Trinidad, the council of assembly presented him with a sword valued at 100 guineas. From this time to the final disbandment of the 3d West Indian regiment in 1825, he administered the government at various times during the absence of Sir Ralph Woodford, and was rewarded for the "candor, integrity, and impartiality which had marked his administration" by 150 guineas for a sword, and plate valued at £250. In 1826 he was appointed protector of slaves in Demerara, and in 1831 was made lieutenant-governor of Prince Edward island. In 1834 he was knighted.
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