As a boy, Graham Conacher Young, the youngest son of George Penrose Kennedy and Charlotte Ann (Conacher) Young, was a student at the Sharp's Institution and the Perth Academy. In 1906 he was enrolled at the Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh and began his studies at the Glasgow School of Architecture in 1909. In 1914, Young entered the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and served with the Seaforth Highlanders before being transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Posted to 60 Squadron in March 1917, he scored his first victory flying a Nieuport scout and, before he was posted to the Home Establishment in December 1917, he scored four more victories flying the S.E.5a. Post-war, he served with the Royal Tank Corps in 1920 and was with No. 2 Armoured Car Company in the Arab rebellion in Mesopotamia. Young left the Royal Air Force in 1923 and returned home to Perth to resume his career in architecture. During World War II, he was the Perth Company Commander of the Home Guard and served as an instructor at the local Air Cadet Corps. From 1953 to 1955 he was the President of the Dundee Institute of Architects.