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John Douglas

2327 Private

1/7 Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 10th Brigade, 4th Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 25.4.15

Buried: Seaforth Cemetery Cheddar Villa Special Memorial B.7

Family history: Son of Thomas and Mary Douglas, 9 Jubilee Place, Bonnybridge. He had three brothers and a sister. Prior to enlisting in the Territorial battalion on 8 September 1914, he was a brickmaker to trade and was employed by James Dougall & Sons Ltd. He also played football for Bonnybridge Thistle Club. His brother James was in the same battalion.

The action leading to his death

In the notification of his death in the Falkirk Herald it was reported that his brother had seen him killed. In a letter from Private Adam Paterson to his sister he wrote of the death of John Douglas: ‘… I was in the front of the attack the whole time, but was fortunate not to be hit. John Reid had his rifle smashed, and Fred Roy had his mess tin shot off his pack. J Douglas who was beside me, was shot through the heart, poor fellow. I lifted him up and spoke to him, but got no answer. He apparently died instantaneously. I just laid him down and rushed forward with the rest, but we had to retire a little owing to the Germans using bad gases…

Medals Awarded

1915 Star, The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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