Henry Penghana Douglas

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Henry Penghana Douglas  

 


Henry Penghana Douglas, known as Harry, was born in Queenstown Tasmania, the son of Archibald and Helen Douglas. A fitter, he embarked Hobart 20th October 1914 Tasmania on board “HMAT Geelong” with the 12th Infantry Battalion.

He returned to Australia 12th April 1916 and died 13th January 1919 at Brighton Junction as a result of injuries received on the Gallipoli Peninsula and was buried in the Queenstown Cemetery Tasmania.

His brother, Charles, was killed in action in France and his brother, William Keith was a chaplain..

FUNERAL OF THE LATE H P DOUGLAS

There was a very large number of mourners at the funeral on Wednesday afternoon last of ex Private H. P. (Harry) Douglas late of the original 12th Battalion AIF who died recently at Brighton Junction as a result of injuries received during the operations in Gallipoli where he took part in the historic landing and was wounded shortly afterward.

He was invalided home to Tasmania where for over four years he has been on crutches portion of the time under Dr Ramsay of Launceston and more recently under Dr L Crowther of Hobart. For some considerable time past the young soldier has been in very bad health and his cousin, Miss O’Connor, went through from Queenstown to Brighton Junction to nurse him. Despite all the care of doctors and nurses he passed peacefully away on the 13th instant and his mortal remains were brought around to Queenstown for internment in the old cemetery where his mother, wife of our council clerk was laid to rest over twenty years ago.

The funeral cortege left the railway station headed by the Queenstown Brass Band which played “The dead man in Saul” and followed by nearly a hundred returned soldiers, senior and junior cadets, brethren of the Manchester Unity Lodge of which last named society deceased had been a vigorous officer. After these came the hearse, in which the coffin was draped with the Union Jack while six members of his old battalion (the golden 12th) marched as pallbearers. Then followed a mourning coach in which the deceased’s elder brother, the Reverend Wm Keith Douglas M.C. , his cousin Miss O’Connor and the Venerable Archdeacon Richard deceased’s father walking behind the vehicle.

 A progression of over 250 persons followed consisting of the Warden and Councillors, Mr R C Sticht (Gen Manager of the Mt Lyell Company) Mr E C Driffield (superintendent engineer of railways) Mr G W Wright (chief engineer) and many other heads of department and employees generally of the Mt Lyell Company by which, prior to the war he had been employed. Practically every section of the community was represented whilst many Gormanston friends (including numerous returned soldiers) paid the last tribute of respect to the memory of their comrade.

 

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Sources for this article include:

•  The Weekly Courier 27th January 1921



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