Name: Francis Albert Douglas

 

Birth Date: 1882 Where: South Australia
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Queensland Age: 33
Serial Number: 611 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Corporal Rank on Discharge/Death: Company Sergeant Major

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Medal

 

Photograph Douglas

Service Details:

27 April

1915                      Enlisted

6 June

1915                      Embarked Australia

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

25 January

1917                      Promoted Sergeant

February

1917                      Warlencourt

March

1917                      Attack on Malt Trench

26 March

1917                      Wounded

20 September

1917                      Promoted CSM

28 November

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

December

1917                      Red Lodge

12 January

1918                      Appointed Warrant Office Class II

8 March

1918                      No.2 Officer Cadet School, Cambridge

26 August

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

2 September

1918                      Wounded

11 November

1918                      Armistice

23 March

1919                      Returned to Australia

3 July

1919                      Discharged

 

 

Biographical Details:

Francis Albert Douglas was born to Robert and Mary Nugent in Norwood, South Australia in 1883. He was the eldest boy in a family of three girls and two boys.


When he enlisted in 1915 he gave his occupation as well borer. He also listed Nellie Neal of NSW as Next of Kin although he described her as “no relation”. For the June Trench Raid Francis was list as a Spare Man . He would have been eligible to receive the Special Leave but the day following the raid he was hospitalised with jaundice. He was transferred to England and remained there until November. At thirty two years of age Francis was much older than most of his fellows and quickly moved through the non-commissioned ranks before, in 1918, attending an Officer Cadet School and being appointed a Warrant Officer. Francis was wounded twice – the first occasion during the attack on Malt Trench where he also earned a recommendation for a Military Medal (MM). Fo r bravery and devotion to duty during the attack on Malt Trench North of Warlencourt. There is no record of this ever being conferred although two others who were recommended at the same time did receive the MM. Francis received a GSW to his right eye in September 1918. He was transferred to England and did not return to France. Francis returned to Australia in January1919 and was discharged six months later. There is no record of him ever marrying. He died in Brisbane in 1950. An article published in a SA newspaper mentioned that police sought a daughter who was reputed to be living in Mt Gambier SA.32 Given his age on enlistment (32) Francis could have had a family before he left SA although there are no children registered to his name there.