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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
Northern Ireland Douglas Clan
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
James Hill Douglas

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At 17:47 on September 29, 2014, William Douglas said…

Welcome to out community, John.

The 7,127 ton Fort Qu´Appelle was a Ben Line steamer en route Vancouver - Seattle - Panama - Kingston, Jamaica - Halifax - UK with 9200 tons of general cargo, including 500 tons of acetone when on her maiden voyage she was torpedoed.

She had been completed March 1942, with the Hull built by Vancouver Dry Dock Co, for US War Shipping Administration (WSA), lend-leased on bareboat charter to British Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

On 7 May 1942 the Fort Qu´Appelle picked up 22 survivors from the Green Island, which had been sunk by U-125 (Folkers) one day earlier, and landed them on 9 May at Kingston, Jamaica.

At 04.54 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted Fort Qu´Appelle (Master Wilfred Alexander Murray) was torpedoed and sunk by U-135 north of Bermuda. The master, 12 crew members and one gunner were lost. Ten crew members and one gunner were picked up by HMCS Melville (J 263) (LtCdr R.T. Ingram) and landed at Shelburne, Nova Scotia on 19 May.

James Hill Douglas, a seaman, was one of those on board, one of the casualties. He is listed on the Tower Hill Memorial in London. No date of birth is given.

If he was Irish, then we know that records are hard to establish, but you might consider joining the Douglas families in Ireland group.


Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

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

Professions also help.

'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.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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