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For those who served.

This group is dedicated to those Douglas's and our honored Septs who have served or are serving their country. 

We particularly remember those who have fallen and strive to share their story for all to learn. 

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Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 8, 2015 at 17:17

Glad you like it William. :) Hopefully the group will grow as time moves on. 

I haven't seen the series yet, but I have heard about it. There have been some great TV series released lately especially in time for the 100 year anniversary. 

Comment by William Douglas on June 8, 2015 at 9:33

Thank you, Andrew.

I have been watching 'The Anzac Girls' on British television. great story telling, and very moving.

Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 9:54

Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of QX2431 Private William Edward Douglas, No. 2 Company, Australian Army Service Corps. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Douglas, aged 32, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 20 June 1945. He was the son of Charles Kenneth and Mary Cathrine Bartley Douglas, of Pyrmont, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 23.

Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 9:49

In memory: RAAF pilot 425692, Flying Officer (FO) Francis William Douglas of Cloncurry, Qld, at the controls of a Stirling bomber aircraft of No 46 Squadron RAF. FO Douglas was killed in operations over France on 24 March 1945, and is buried in the Mazargues War Cemetery, 6 kilometres from the centre of Marseilles.

Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 9:47

Studio portrait of Captain William Bowman Douglas, 3rd Battalion of Richmond, NSW. A farmer prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard the HMAT Euripides (A14) on 20 October 1914. He was wounded in action on 3 May 1915 at Gallipoli, Turkey and died at sea on 5 May 1915 aboard the hospital ship Gascon, aged 32. He is remembered with honour on the Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey.

Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 9:44

Studio portrait of brothers 5338 Private (Pte) Ronald Norvel (Norrie) Douglas, 17th Battalion, and 6252 Pte William George Douglas, 4th Battalion, both of Cootamundra, NSW. A farmer prior to enlistment, Pte Norrie Douglas embarked from Sydney with the 14th Reinforcements aboard HMAT Wiltshire (A18) on 22 August 1916. While serving in France, Pte Norrie Douglas was killed in action at Lagincourt on 15 April 1917, aged 28, and is commemorated at the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial. Pte William Douglas survived the war and returned to Australia in June 1919.

Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 9:41

Hand coloured studio portrait of 2879 Lance Sergeant Gordon Leslie Douglas, 17th Battalion, of Woollahra, NSW. He enlisted on 11 August 1915 and embarked from Sydney, NSW, on 2 November 1915 aboard HMAT Euripides (A14). He was killed in action on the Western Front on 15 April 1917. This portrait is the right hand panel in a framed group of the three Douglas brothers .
(See Alan and George Douglas below).

Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 9:39

Hand coloured studio portrait of 1800 Private George Douglas, 35th Battalion, of Marrickville, NSW. George Douglass was an alias for Kenneth George Douglas who was aged 18 when he enlisted, on 12 April 1916. He enlisted without permission, claiming to be over 21. He embarked from Sydney, NSW, on 4 September 1916 aboard HMAT Port Sydney (A15) and served with the 35th Battalion until late April 1917 when he transferred to the 17th Battalion. He was killed in action in Belgium on 20 September 1917, aged 19. Private Douglas' two elder brothers, 848 Lance Corporal Allan Edward Douglas and 2789 Lance Sergeant Gordon Leslie Douglas, were also killed in the First World War. This portrait is the left hand panel in a framed group of the three Douglas brothers.

Comment by Andrew Douglas on June 3, 2015 at 9:35

Hand coloured studio portrait of 848 Lance Corporal, Alan Edward Douglas, 20th Battalion, of Erskineville, NSW. He enlisted on 28 March 1915 and embarked from Sydney, NSW, on 25 June 1915 aboard HMAT Berrima (A35). He was killed in action on the Western Front on 30 July 1916, aged 22. This portrait is the centre panel in a framed group of the three Douglas brothers; all of whom tragically lost their lives in the war. 

 

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Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

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'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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