William Douglas

Date of birth: 23rd September 1892
Place of birth: Bevois Town, Southampton
Service No.: 200095
Rank: Sapper
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Battalion: 247th Field Coy
Died: 22nd March 1918 aged 25 years
Death location: France


Life before the War
William was the fourth of 6 children born to parents John Douglas and Eliza, nee Hickman.  John was born in Dunbartonshire in 1858 and died in Southampton in 1939.  Eliza was born in Southampton in 1861 and died in the city in 1946.  John and Eliza were married in Southampton in 1885.

When John died he left £19,228 13shillings to his son James and son-in-law Stuart Ross.

William’s 5 siblings – 2 sisters and 3 brothers – were:

James  b.1886

Ellen  b.1888.  Married Hamer Hayes.

George  b.1890 and d.1924.  Married Kathleen Keay.

John  b.1896 and d.1936 in Wiltshire.  Married Winifred Murray in Southampton in 1919.

Mary Janet  b.1909 and d.1991.  Married Stuart Ross in 1933.

In the 1901 census William was living with his family at Glen Head, 325 Portswood Avenue, Southampton.  His father’s employment is given as Builder and Contractor.

By the 1911 census only William, of all the siblings, was living with his parents at the same address as 1901.  William was a student Civil Engineer at this time.


War Service
William was a qualified Civil Engineer when he enlisted in the Royal Engineers on the 27th July 1915. He is described as 6 foot tall with brown hair and brown eyes.

He sustained wounds in action and died as a consequence on the 22nd March 1918.  He had been in the Army for 2 years and 239 days.

William was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal on the 25th May 1922 and these went to his family.

William was buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  He was reburied in the same cemetery on the 22nd August 1918 in Grave III.E.39.


Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published: 14th October 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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