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William Keith Douglas  

 


Rev. William Keith Douglas (known as Keith?) was born on 1st February 1888, the son of Archibald (council clerk of Queenstown, Tasmania) and Helen Douglas, nee O’Connor. He was ordained as a Church of England Clergyman in December 1912 in Launceston.

Prior to ordination, he been at the Cressy College for a couple of years.

Aged 27 years, he enlisted on 9th July 1915 for Continuous Service and embarked on 16th July 1915 per 'HMAT Demosthenes' from Melbourne, Victoria. His pay rate was 19s 0d after embarkation.

He served at the front where he ministered to the needs of the men as chaplain. He was awarded the Military Cross as he had given an 'Example of gallantry and conspicuous devotion to duty in attentions to wounded and other services.'

William Keith Douglas's brother Charles died of wounds in 1918 and brother Harry died in 1921, also of wounds received.



The Rev. W. K. Douglas, MC., of Yass and formerly of Wagga. cousin of Canon Douglas Blanche, died last week in Sydney, He had been ill for many years as the result of wounds received in the Great War. As a chaplain he sailed from Tasmania, returning later as rector of Deloraine. He and Canon Sherris met in France. Camp officials, knew Chaplain Douglas as the ''Inspector,' because he frequently harried them Into providing better conditions for the rank and file.

 

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•  Daily Advertiser Friday 2nd April 1943

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