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The Douglas family of Belfast

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My dad, Wilfrid Henry Douglas came to Australia as a 12-year-old, shipped out with other boys on the Larg's Bay, to attend the Fairbridge Farm School in rural Western Australia. His only sibling, his…Continue

 

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"I am told that all the old records for Pudysburn Mental Hospital were destroyed but the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland(PRONI) may have some."
Mar 21
Robert Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Douglas families in Ireland
"When my dad left Belfast to travel to Australia at the age of 11 the following item appeared in the “Belfast Telegraph” of Saturday, May 25, 1929.  Overseas League SpiritUlster Boy for AvustraliaWilfred Douglas, aged 11, was the…"
Mar 21
Robert Douglas commented on William Douglas's group Douglas families in Ireland
"My grandfather Henry (Harry) Douglas had a hardware store in Burnaby Street, off Distillery Road, in Belfast. This was about 1920. My grandmother, Mina also spent some time Purdeysburn Mental Hospital. I'd be interested if any of this…"
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Woodrow Craig Douglas (1920 to 1943) lost his life in the British submarine Tigris which went down somewhere in the Mediterranean in March 1943. He was 25 years old and had just married shortly before being called away on duty for the final…
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"Details of my dad, Wilfrid Douglas can be seen at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfrid_Douglas"
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Douglas families in Ireland

Researching members of the Douglas family in Ireland is notoriously difficult.  So many records have been destroyed, and the families often moved on to America, or elsewhere.This group is for those tracing their ancestors in Ireland.See More
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The Douglas family of Belfast

My dad, Wilfrid Henry Douglas came to Australia as a 12-year-old, shipped out with other boys on the Larg's Bay, to attend the Fairbridge Farm School in rural Western Australia. His only sibling, his brother Woodrow Craig Douglas died at sea, only a short time after his wedding. Woodrow's submarine, the Tigris went down in the Mediterranean and never resurfaced in 1943.Their father, Henry Douglas was married to Mina Craig in 1915. Henry was with Wilfrid Spender's 36th (Ulster) division.  I…See More
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Robert Douglas left a comment for William Douglas
"I don't know that part of the world, but yes, I believe it is Shankhill Belfast. The names William and Nina appear on a memorial for Woodrow, but that was definitely a mistake."
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William Douglas left a comment for Robert Douglas
"Welcome to our group, Robert. That will be the Shankhill, now part of Belfast? I recall doing some research and getting confused with the Shankhill in Armargh. I think I need to go back and look again. I have a note that Woodrow was the son of…"
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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
My grandparents, Henry Douglas 1887-1962, born Shankhill, Antrim, and wife, Mina Douglas (nee Craig) 1890-1938. Henry Douglas served with Captain Wilfred Spender in the 36 (Ulster) division. Two sons, Wilfred Henry Douglas (my father) and Woodrow Craig Douglas who died in a submarine (Tigris) in the Meditarranean in 1943..
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
My grandparents, as above.
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At 17:10 on March 21, 2017, William Douglas said…

I am told that all the old records for Pudysburn Mental Hospital were destroyed but the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland(PRONI) may have some.

At 11:34 on March 21, 2017, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our group, Robert.

That will be the Shankhill, now part of Belfast? I recall doing some research and getting confused with the Shankhill in Armargh. I think I need to go back and look again.

I have a note that Woodrow was the son of Harold and Nina. Presumably a mistake?

Yours aye,

William

 
 
 

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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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