|Memorial .||Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery||VI. E. 7.|
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Family :Son of Mr. James Douglas and Bridget Phoebe Drewett, of Ravensbury, Mitcham; husband of Margaret Rose Drewett (nee Mizen), of Montrose, Upper Green, Mitcham, Surrey.
Baptised at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 7th October 1883. At the time of the 1891 census the family were living together at Vine Cottage in Mitcham and, 10 years later they had moved to Ravensbury Cottages where it appears the family business is thriving. In 1911, aged 27 Douglas and Margaret, now married 3 years were living with their 7 month old son James, at Elm Gardens, London Road, Mitcham.
Douglas and Margaret were married in 1908 in Edmonton and had two children together: James Douglas (b.1910), Clive Norman (b.1912). His third son Ernest Peter Moffatt (b.1913), who went on to become a Veterinary Surgeon and prominent Freemason in and around Pembrokeshire.
Education & Career :His father was a builder, so it appears Douglas followed suit. Builders Assistant (1901). Builder (1908-11).
Unit : 1/Cameron Highlanders
Regimental No. 522909 (from Medal Record) which shows that he was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
The Soldiers Effects records show that he was Killed in Action and that a War Pension gratuity was issued to his widow, Margaret. Probate confirms that he of Elm Gardens, London Road, Surrey, a Private in the Cameron Highlanders died on 3rd October 1918. Will: £830 5s 9d.
12 September - 12 October 1918. As the momentum of the British advance continued it was clear that the Hindenburg Line defences offered the greatest threat to further advances. It was highly likely that the magnificently engineered defence system would re-establish the status quo of static trench warfare. However a series of magnificent actions at Havrincourt and Epehy paved the way for dramatic crossings of the Canal du Nord and the St Quentin Canal by early October. Both canals had been integrated into the Hindenburg Line system and their capture effectively broke the defensive capability of the system. Soon afterwards the British were attacking at Cambrai (again) and then by mid October were pursuing the Germans to the River Selle.
|Type||Lodge Name and No.||Province/District :|
|Mother :||Mitcham No. 2384 E.C.||Surrey|
8th February 1908
11th April 1908
13th June 1908
The project globally acknowledges the following as sources of information for research across the whole database:
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The (UK) National Archives
- Ancestry.co.uk - Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History online
- ugle.org.uk - The records of the United Grand Lodge of England including the Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Book : 1921 - Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918 - Oxford University Press
- Document : 1933 - Masonic Roll of Honour - Freemasons' Hall Vestibule - United Grand Lodge of England
- Family : Sarah May