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Henry Douglas



Henry Douglas


Henry Douglas

Also known as

Douglas, John Henry Charles


Fallen ANZACs; Territory ANZACs; First World War, 1914-1918

Place of birth

Peckham/ Peckenrie (London, England)

Place of enlistment

Brisbane (Qld.)

Date of enlistment





Railway ganger


Australian Imperial Force


6th Field Company Engineers


Lance Corporal

Service number


Next of kin

John Henry Douglas and Charles Henry Douglas - Sons ; c/- G. Clarke, Murton, Vic.

Date of death


Place of death

Villers-Bretonneux (France)


Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (France); Darwin Cenotaph

Biographical notes

Douglas was a railway ganger with South Australian Government Railways. His address at embarkation was the Terminus Hotel, Port Darwin. He was declared bankrupt in 1915 and was a widower with two sons when he enlisted.


Douglas was a member of the First Contingent to leave Darwin in April 1915. He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A40 'Ceramic' 24 November 1915 and disembarked at Marseilles, France on 27 March 1916. On the night of the 28/29 July, Douglas was sent to the line near Pozieres Cemetery with a party of about 10 Sappers who were to follow up the attack by the 23rd Battalion for the purpose of constructing a machine gun emplacement in the new front line. He was reported Missing in Action. Evidence given at the Court of Enquiry on 28 August 1917 is included in his service record. The Court determined that there was no evidence to suggest he was still alive and he was listed as Killed in Action.


Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps; History; World War, 1914-1918; Northern Territory; ANZAC

Related links

http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=3516879&I=1&SE=1; http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person.asp?p=574083; http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/items/ACCNUM_LARGE/RCDIG1067029/RCDIG1067029--348-.JPG; http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page/R1558795/; http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/1DRL428/00010/1DRL428-00010-0940812.pdf; http://www.ww1westernfront.gov.au/villers-bretonneux/visiting-villers-bretonneux.php; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3291495; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3271356; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3271010; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3273431; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3272713; http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1460067/DOUGLAS,%20HENRY%20CHARLES; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3291495 ["Notice to Creditors", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 14 September 1918: p.7.]; http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person.asp?p=574083 [Roll of Honour]; http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/items/ACCNUM_LARGE/RCDIG1067029/RCDIG1067029--348-.JPG [Embarkation Roll - HMAT A40 'Ceramic']; http://www.ww1westernfront.gov.au/villers-bretonneux/visiting-villers-bretonneux.php [Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux (France)]; http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=3516879&I=1&SE=1 [Service Record]; http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/nominal_rolls/first_world_war/page/R1558795/ [Nominal Roll]; http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1035184--1-.PDF [Red Cross Wounded and Missing]; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3271356 ["News and Notes", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 20 May 1915: p.16.]; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3271010 ["Farewell to Contingent", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 29 April 1915: p.16.]; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3273431 ["Departure of Contingent", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 19 August 1915: p.17.]; http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3272713 ["Insolvency Notice", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 22 July 1915: p.19.]; http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1460067/DOUGLAS,%20HENRY%20CHARLES [Commonwealth War Graves - Villers-Bretonneux Memorial - Charles Henry Douglas]

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