Duncan DOUGLAS

Regiment:                Royal Army Service Corps; formerly Army                                 
                                Service Corps, 4th Coy 7th Divisional Train  

Rank & Number:      Corporal, S3195 (RASC); S/31982 (ASC)  

Born:                       
29 June 1887; Kelburn Lodge, Largs  

Died:
                        28 July 1944; Glen Afton Sanitorium,
                                New Cumnock  

Other:                     
Brother of Robert and William Douglas                                 
                                Meritorious Service Medal
                                General Service Medal with Iraq clasp

DUNCAN DOUGLAS was born 29 Jun 1887 in Kelburn Lodge, Largs, to parents Peter, an agricultural labourer and Ann McDonald (who married in Strachur on 18 Dec 1868).  He died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 28 Jul 1944 at Glen Afton Sanitorium, New Cumnock (aged 59, single, clerk, of North Lodge, Fairlie).   

In the 1891 Census, Duncan, aged 3, is living Kelburn N. Lodge, Fairlie, with parents Peter (54, b. Strachlachlan, Argyll, forester) and Ann (47, b. Strachur, Argyll), and siblings Peter (16, law apprentice), Archibald (14, grocer's app), and Robert (8)  

In the 1901 Census, he’s aged 13, and living Kelburne North Lodge, Fairlie with parents Peter (64, gardener's labourer) and Anne (55) and brother Robert (18)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 23 and a gardener, he’s living in the household of brother Robert at Kelburn North Lodge, Fairlie    


SERVICE DETAILS 
   
Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (Douglas, D., North Lodge, Kelburn, Fairlie, Army Service Corps). His medal index card shows entry into theatre of war on 5 Oct 1914, and on 4 Sep 1915 the Largs & Millport Weekly News printed a letter from him from “somewhere in France” where he was serving on the headquarters staff.   On 14 Jun 1919 it was reported that he was with the North Russian Relief Force.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in Nov 1916, and he received the General Service Medal with Iraq Clasp, the 1914-15 Star, and the British War and Victory medals.



Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

10 July 1915              

We were pleased to see home on a short leave Corporal Duncan Douglas who has been in France since shortly after the war broke out.  He is at present serving on the headquarters staff. 
 
4 September 1915
    
The following is from a letter sent by Corporal D. Douglas, Army Service Corps, at present “somewhere in France” to Mr. C.H. McNair, J.P., Fairlie which not only gives some little idea of the work of the important branch of the service to which the gallant Corporal belongs, but also shows the keen interest the lads abroad take in home matters:-    I receive the “wee paper” regularly.  I see by it our local lads are swelling the Roll of Honour gradually, and also one has gained the much-coveted D.C.M.  I hope his life is spared to wear it.  I am sure you will feel proud of him, being one of the post office hands.  He has changed in appearance since I last saw him, and would not have known him by the photo in the paper only for the name.  I also received the “Bulletin” you sent, and I was greatly interested in it, it being “all Scotch” as the saying goes.    The grouse season has opened again I see.  It’s a pity the Germans would not fly over our butts out here like the grouse.  You could lay your life there would be a record bag.  Of course they fly, but at a great height, and are not so numerous as the grouse (I mean in the air).  Many a day I spent on Kelburn moors after the grouse.  My work is increasing steadily every day and getting more complicated.  It is a nerve-trying job, and I am glad when I fall asleep at night.  We get one hour a day for exercise, and our shortest day is 15 hours.  However, it must be done, and I hope the end of this business is not far off.  I think this new landing in the Dardanelles will have a strong bearing on it, and I think the Germans are beginning to feel the brunt of it.  The thought of another winter, I think, makes them a bit unsteady.  I hope peace is not proclaimed until every man-jack of them have been wiped out and suppressed for ever.    Your busy season, I have no doubt, will be drawing to a close now.  I was surprised to see so many people about when I was home, but there was a vast difference in the number of male people from former years.    The weather is very sultry and oppressive, and it has been threatening thunder all day today.   By the appearance of the sky they seem to be getting it further east.  

6 November 1915
     
Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded.  

17 June 1916

Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.  

26 February 1916      
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).  

4 November 1916      
We learn with great pleasure that the Meritorious Service Medal has been awarded to Corporal Duncan Douglas of the A.S.C.  The gallant corporal, who was a member of the original Expeditionary Force, has, during the past two years, had some thrilling experiences and worthily merits the recognition now received.  

15 December 1917    
Corporal Duncan Douglas arrived home last week from France for ten days leave.  He is looking in the pink.  

14 June 1919             
Corporal Duncan Douglas, who is now with the North Russian Relief Force, has sent home a Meritorious Service Medal which was presented to him by Major Grogon before sailing.





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