Douglas George McFee

Douglas George McFee ©

Douglas George McFee ©

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: Stoke Newington, Middlesex
Service No.: 122761  (formerly 517113)
Rank: Private
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps  (formerly London Regiment)
Battalion: Infantry
Died: 22nd March 1918 aged 24 years
Death location: France

 

 

 

 

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Life before the War
Douglas was born in Stoke Newington, Middlesex.  His father was George Perry, who was born in the district of Hackney, 1867.  Douglas’s mother Jane was born 1867, in Kennington, Surrey.  George and Jane were married in 1893.

Douglas was the eldest of six children, his siblings were:

Gordon John b.9th July 1894 and d.1974

Eric Loudon b.1897 and d.1955

Alan b.1899 and d.1963

Mary Kathleen b.1902

Eileen b.1904

In 1901 the family lived at 49 Well Street, Hackney, London where George had his own Draper’s Business.

By 1911 (transcribed as McLee) Douglas, with his parents and siblings, had moved to Southampton and lived at 10 Thornbury Avenue, Shirley. His father George still had his own Draper and Tailor Business, for whom Douglas worked as a Draper’s Assistant; Gordon was a Clerk in an Insurance Company.

 

War Service  

Soldiers Effects – The documents traced show that Douglas was missing, presumed dead, on 22nd March 1918.  As his beneficiary, his father George was paid from his son’s credits £10 3s 3d on 3rd July 1919, this included a War Gratuity of £5.

Arras Memorial Panel

Arras Memorial Panel

Arras-Memorial

Arras Memorial

 

Douglas is Remembered with Honour on the Arras Memorial at Faubourg – D’Amiens, France. The Memorial Register reads:

“McFee, Pte. Douglas George, 122761. “B” Coy. 6th Bn. Machine Gun Corps (Inf.). 22nd March, 1918. Age 24. Son of George P. and Jane McFee, of 1, Avenue Place, Southampton.”

 

 

Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:   1907 – 1909

Education and Employment:   Douglas was born on 11th July 1893 in Clapton, Middlesex. He lived in Hackney before his family moved to Southampton where he joined Taunton’s. He worked as a Draper’s Assistant.

Life During the War:   Douglas lived on Thornbury Avenue in Southampton with his family. He enlisted in Southampton and joined the London Regiment. Douglas then served as a private with the Machine Gun Corps Infantry, as a member of B Company in the 6th Battalion. He was reported missing on 21st March 1918 but all hope of him remaining alive was not given up until April 1919. Douglas is remembered on the Arras Memorial.

Douglas died on 22nd March 1918 aged 24 years.

For his service to his country, Douglas was entitles to the British War and Victory medals.

 

Brother Gordon’s War Service
Gordon served with the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment, regimental number 23061.  He previously served with the 5th Wiltshire Regiment, as a Private with both companies.  He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

 

Brother Eric’s War Service
Eric served with the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, number 3/16757, rank – Private;  and the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, number 1950.  He was posted to France on 28th August 1915.  Eric was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War and Victory Medals.

 

Brother Alan’s War Service
Alan attested on 6th May 1915 with the Hampshire Royal Artillery, as a Gunner, regimental number 855 and discharged on 25th May 1915 under paragraph 392 – VI K. R. 1912, serving just 20 days at “home in the UK.”  He gave his aged as 19, but was not quite 16 years of age.  He gave his father of 1 Avenue Place, as next of kin.

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 14th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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