Regiment:                Royal Army Service Corps, F Supply Coy  

Rank & Number:     
Sergeant, S4/145592  

05 March 1883; Fairlie  

                        28 December 1937; Kelburn Lodge, Fairlie  

Brother of Duncan and William Douglas

ROBERT DOUGLAS was born 05 Mar 1883 in Fairlie, to parents Peter, an agricultural labourer and Ann McDonald (who married in Strachur on 17 Dec 1868).  He died of pneumonia on 28 Dec 1937 at  home at Kelburn Lodge, Fairlie (aged 54, married, gardener, informant brother Duncan).

He married Johanna Jobling on 14 Sep 1911 at Penicuik (aged 28, gardener dom. ser., of North Lodge, Kelburn, wit. brother Duncan)  

In the 1891 Census, Robert, aged 8, 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 Duncan (3)  

In the 1901 Census, he is aged 18, living Kelburne North Lodge, Fairlie with parents Peter (64, gardener's labourer) and Anne (55) and brother Duncan (13)   In the 1911 Census, aged 28 and a gardener, he is head of household at Kelburn North Lodge, Fairlie with brother Duncan (23, gardener).  

In the Valuation Rolls from 1912 to 1915, Robert Douglas is under gardener/inhabitant at North Lodge, Kelburn.  In the 1920 Valuation Roll, he is forester/inhabitant at North Lodge    


He enlisted on 4 Nov 1915 at Ayr (aged 32, clerk, of North Lodge, Kelburn, nok wife Johanna, North Lodge, Kelburn, Fairlie), and was posted to Aldershot on 5 Nov 1915.  From 15 Jul 1919 he agreed to defer demobilization a number of times before being demobilized on 28 May 1920.  His pension record includes a disability award for chronic bronchitis.  No medal index card was found.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

20 January 1917
We congratulate Corporal Robert Douglas, A.S.C., on his promotion to the rank of Sergeant.        

5 January 1918  
Several of our soldier lads were on leave last weekend.  Amongst them we noticed Sgt. Robert Douglas, Sgt. J. Lockhart, Corp. Stuart McAulay, Gunner Frank Ward, Signaller David Lyme (RNVR).  They are all looking very fit.  

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