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Lieutenant, 90th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps.

Died of wounds 1st July 1916, age 32.

Buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, France.

Former student of medicine.


 

Douglas was born on 3rd September 1883 in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the son of a local doctor. He entered Manchester University in 1902 studying Medicine and graduated in 1907. That same year he took up the post of Assistant Medical Officer at Barnes Convalescent Hospital, Cheadle.

On the outbreak of the Great War Doulgas was living at Maynwood, in Hale, Cheshire when he volunteered as a 2nd Lieutenant for the Royal Army Medical Corps joining 90th Field Ambulance R.A.M.C, which was part of the 32nd Division, raised in northern england as one of Kitchener’s New Army ‘Pals’ Divisions. Douglas sailed for France in November 1915 and for 6 months the unit had a slow introduction to trench warfare and intense training for the great offensive being planned for the Somme which would be their real baptism of fire. On 1st July Douglas, promoted to Temporary Lieutenant, along with the division was launched into the maelstrom of the 1st day of the Somme in an attack at Thiepval. The attack was partially successful with the capture of the Leipzig Redoubt, but the attack on the village of Thiepval itself failed with heavy casualties. The division lost 3,949 men that day, Douglas being one of those killed.