Percival Francis Joseph Douglas

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Percy Douglas   

Percy, or Perce, Douglas, the son of George Douglas(1) of Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, and Mary Egan, was born in 1887 in Melbourne and was the Territory’s chief fire officer when he enlisted on 16 October 1916 with the 36th Heavy Artillery Group as a Gunner.

He served in France and Belgium from May 1917 and returned to Australia in May 1919 before being discharged on 4 August 1919.

He was one of the first presidents of the Canberra Returned Soldier’s Club (now the Canberra Club), founded the Canberra branch of St. John’s Ambulance Association, was a life member of the ACT Cricket Association and the Canberra Swimming Club and at various times president of the National Football League, Kingston Tennis Club, the Canberra Rugby League, the Ainslie Tennis Club and the Ainslie Cricket Club and assisted in the foundation of Canberra Legacy.

Douglas also held a lease to a soldier settlers' block in the Narrabundah area.

He died on 25 April 1955 at home whilst listening to the Dawn Service on the radio. He is buried in the ex-services portion of Woden Cemetery and is commemorated by the 'Perce Douglas Memorial Playing Fields' in Nicholls and Percy Douglas Lane in Kingston.

Notes:
1.  Percy and Group Captain Eric Douglas were first cousins. Percy's father, George Douglas was the eldest of the three watchmaking sons of Gabriel Douglas born 1822 Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland. Besides pursuing the traditional skills of being a Watchmaker and Jeweller, he fixed music boxes and even pierced the ears of the 'Fair Sex'.



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