Brigadier Gerald Sholto Douglas

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Gerald Sholto Douglas was born on 27 November 1891. He was son of Hugh Gamany Douglas, of Mountain Lodge, Keady, Ireland.

Qualifying as a L.R.C.P. & S.I. and L.M. in 1914, he later became a specialist in Anaesthetics. He was commissioned a Temporary Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. in May 1915 and Temporary Captain in May 1916 and served in France, 1915-18. Granted the regular army rank of Captain in December 1918, he was promoted to Major in May 1927, and served in Germany, 1919; India, 1920-24 and 1928-33; Jamaica, 1937-42. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, August 1941; Acting Colonel July 1943; Temporary Colonel, January 1944 and Colonel, November 1945, he served as Senior Medical Officer, B.E.F. Dutch West Indies, 1940-42; was specially employed by the Ministry of Information(1), 1942-43; was A.D.M.S. H.Q. 42 Armoured Division, July-September 1943 and A.D.M.S. H.Q. 55th Infantry Division, 1943-44. Holding the rank of Acting Brigadier in December 1945 and Temporary Brigadier, June 1946-May 1947, he served in India and S.E. Asia during 1944-47, as C.O. of the B.M.H. Delhi and C.M.H. Ahmednagar, 1944; C.O. 127 I.B.G.H. (B.T.) 1944-45; D.D.M.S. H.Q. 15 Corps, 1945-47 and A.D.M.S. H.Q. N. Midland District, 1947-48.

He was placed on Retired Pay with the honorary rank of Brigadier on 27 November 1948; ceased to be in the Reserve of Officers in 1951 and died at Innishannon, Co. Cork on 1 November 1965.

His medals were sold at auction in 2007: 1914-15 Star (Lieut., R.A.M.C.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.); Defence and War Medals; General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, S. E. Asia 1945-46, M.I.D. oak leaf (Brig., Staff), mounted as worn.   He was gazetted for a Mention in Dispatches in 1947.

He appears to have been, in 1925, a part owner of land in Upper Fews, Tullyvallan, together with his father and a James Caleb Murphy.

Notes:
1.  Gerald Sholto Douglas served in the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.


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