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James White Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

Jams White Douglas (25th January 1876-15th September 1916) enlisted into the Manitoba Regiment in 1914, apparently making the oath as William White Douglas, his brother. Whether he and his brother enlisted at the same time, leading to confusion, or whether he deliberately took his brother's name is not known.

 

Private 71253, 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died 15th September 1916. Born 25th January 1876 in Kirkcudbright. Brother of William White Douglas. Occupation Bank Clerk. Unmarried. Service with the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada (Militia) at time of enlistment. Enlisted and passed fit 25th October 1914 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, aged 38 years 10 months, height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 40 inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair dark, religion Presbyterian. (His papers incorrectly have him making the oath as William White Douglas, his brother). Buried in COURCELETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 13. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2623 - 55 Listed on Kirkcudbright war memorial.

 

James White Douglas was the son of David Douglas, Governor of Kirkcudbright Poorhouse, and his wife Margaret, Matron of the Poor House. His sister, Euphemia, was Assistant Matron.  from the census of 1881, William did not have a middle name.  The 1881 census records James as aged 8, so his birth date would have been circa 1873 - unless this is a transcription error.

 



 

 

 

 

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