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Major General Henry Edward Manning Douglas VC

 

 

 

 

Henry Manning DouglasMajor General Henry Edward Manning Douglas VC, CB, CMG, DSO (11 July 1875–14 February 1939) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Born in Gillingham, Kent, was the son of George Alexander Douglas, of Kingston, Jamaica. Douglas entered the Army in 1899. On December 11 of that year, in Magersfontein in South Africa during the Second Boer War, he was serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, and went out into the open, under heavy fire, to attend to several wounded officers and men.

During the South African War, in addition to the Victoria Cross, he was mentioned in despatches, received the Distinguished Service Order, and the Queen's Medal with two clasps.

He went on to serve in Somaliland (1903 to 1904) and the Battle of Jidhalli; in the Serbo-Turkish War of 1912 to 1913 and the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1913, in which he received the Serbian Red Cross and the Order of the Samaritan; and in the First World War, in which he was made a Brevet Colonel and was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, as well as receiving the Croix de Guerre with palms, and the Serbian Order of St. Sava.

From 1926 to 1929, he was a Consultant at the Royal Army Medical College. In 1929, he was promoted to the rank of Major-General, and became the Deputy Director of Medical Services at Southern Command in India.

He retired from the Army in 1933, and died six years later at St. Andrew's House in Droitwich in Worcestershire, being buried in Epsom three days after his death.

His Victoria Cross is held at the Army Medical Services Museum in Mytchett, near Frimley in Surrey.

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His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Army Medical Services Museum in Aldershot, England.

Other Decorations CB, CMG, DSO, Croix de Guerre avec Palme (France); Order of Red Cross, Order of Samaritan and Order of St. Sava (Serbia)

 

His brother, George Alexander Douglas, of Kingston, Jamaica, who died 23rd Oct 1927, and their sister, Margaret LLoyd Davey, who died 13th June 1954, wife of A.J.W. Davey, have memorial stones next to Henry's in Epsom Cemetery.

 

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