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Major William Sholto Douglas





Major William Sholto Douglas, p.s.c., Royal Engineers, who died at Boulogne on the 14th November, 1914, of wounds received in action near Ypres on the 2nd of that month, leaving a widow, was the only son of Colonel John Charles late Worcester Regt., and nephew of General Sir Charles Douglas, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and Mrs. Douglas, Lansdowne House, Bath.


He was born on the 18th September, 1875, and joined the Royal Engineers in October, 1895, becoming Lieutenant in October, 1898. He saw much Staff service, chiefly with the Intelligence Department, being a Staff College graduate and a first-class interpreter in French.


He was attached to the Egyptian Army, 1898 and served with the Nile Expedition (1899 (Egyptian medal and clasp), and in the South African War, 1899-1900, being present during the operations in the Orange Free State, including the actions at Wittebergen (1 to 19 July), where he was slightly wounded while destroying arms (Queen's medal with two clasps).


From December, 1900, to September, 1901, he was in the Intelligence Department at headquarters of the Army, becoming in October in the latter year Staff Captain (Intelligence) at headquarters, and remaining so employed till May 1906 having been promoted Captain in October, 1904.


In 1910 he was appointed Assistant Director of Army Signals, 2nd Division Aldershot Command, and in the Great War he was employed as a General Staff Officer, 3rd grade. He was gazetted to the rank of Major after his death, to date from the 30th October, 1914.


Major Douglas m. King's Walden, Herts, 21 Oct. 1903, Gladys Mary, elder dau. of Thomas Fenwick Harrison, Lord of the Manor and Patron of King's Walden, and had an only child, John Willoughby Sholto, b. 17 Jan. 1906 ; died 13 Dec. 1913.



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