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James Fife 'Jock' Douglas

 

 

 

 

RSM Jock DouglasJames Fife 'Jock' Douglas (-1947) was born in Scotland. He attested into the Royal Scots Greys in 1894 and saw action in the South African War, becoming Regimental Sergeant Major – May 1920 to 30 April 1932

Douglas remained in South Africa and joined the Cape Police where he remained until 1902. He spent several years prospecting and eventually attested into the BSA Police on 30 April 1910. By 1913 he was a Detective Sergeant (3rd Class) in the CID. his early career was marred by indiscipline and at one time he fell foul of regulations when he attempted to desert and return to Europe to participate in the Great War. Douglas was seconded to the Rhodesia Native Regiment in February 1917 and saw action in German East Africa during the war. He became the Regimental Sergeant Major.

After the war, Douglas returned to the BSA Police as a Constable, but was rapidly promoted through the ranks. He joined the Instructional Staff at Morris Depot and was appointed acting Regimental Sergeant Major in March 1920 and confirmed in the rank in May. He was awarded the KPM in January 1932 and retired in that year.

Jock Douglas died in Salisbury, Rhodesia on 15 October 1947.

 

 

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