Died: 28 July 1944;
Glen Afton Sanitorium, New Cumnock
Other: Brother of Robert and William Douglas
Service Medal General Service Medal with Iraq clasp
DUNCAN DOUGLASwas 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
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)
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)
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
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.