Second Lieutenant Alexander Stark Douglas

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  Second Lieutenant Alexander S. Douglas

 


Second Lieutenant Alexander S. Douglas, eldest son of the Rev. Andrew Douglas, United Free Church, Invergordon, and of his wife, Emma, was born at Renton, Dumbartonshire, on 12th January, 1899. Educated at Invergordon Academy and Glasgow High School, he left the latter institution in April, 1916, and enlisted in the Royal Highlanders, Black Watch. Later he passed through the Cadet course at Gailes, received his commission in his oid regiment in February, 1918, served with the 3rd Battalion in Ireland till August, and then proceeded to France with the 6th Battalion.

In an attack on some villages near Valenciennes on 24th October, he was wounded, and died four days later in hospital at Abbeville.



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1. United Free Church, Invergordon
Rev Andrew Douglas
From 1900 to 1905 the Rev. Colin Sinclair was in semi retirement, so the Rev. Andrew Douglas came as colleague and successor. Colin Sinclair died in 1905.

In 1900 the congregation, unlike its sister church at Rosskeen, joined the new United Free Church.

The outbreak of the First World War brought great change, with the town's population growing to around 20,000 due to its use as a Naval Base. The church was regularly crowded. The hall was put to many uses, including being a Recreation Room for Service men, an Isolation Hospital and even, for a year, a home for a family whose house had burned down. In February 1916 a special communion service was held for soldiers about to leave for France. There were many sad losses, including the elder son of the Rev. Andrew Douglas, who was killed in the last week of fighting.

In November 1919 Mr. Douglas left Invergordon for Glasgow. He was succeeded by the Rev. Alasdair Macleod, who remained in the charge until 1927.
2.  Andrew Douglas enrolled at the University of Glasgow in 1925 from the Bahamas to study Medicine and Surgery. During his four years at the University, he took classes in Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Practical Anatomy and Zoology among others, but did not graduate.

His father, the Reverend Andrew Douglas, was a minister at Invergordon, Ross-shire and The Highlanders Memorial church in Glasgow. He was also minister of St. Andrews Presbyterian Kirk, in Nassau, Bahamas, where he retired. He was said to encourage Gaelic speaking there, sometimes even preaching in Gaelic.



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