William Millar Douglas

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William Millar Douglas

Bank: Parr’s Bank

Place of work: London Regent Street branch

Died: 19 August 1917

 

William Millar Douglas was born in London in 1889, the son of Robert Douglas, an ironmonger, and his wife Mary. From about 1906 he worked for Parr's Bank.

In September 1914 Douglas left his job in the bank's London Regent Street branch to join the army, serving in the Seaforth Highlanders. He was posted to France in early November 1914, the first Parr's man to be sent overseas. In January 1915 he was wounded in both feet by shrapnel, and before he could be taken to hospital developed frostbite in both feet and one hand. By July 1915 he had recovered sufficiently to return to active service, but two months later was wounded in the knee, and once again found himself undergoing a lengthy convalescence.

Douglas was later commissioned into the King's Own Scottish Borderers, and returned to active service on the Western Front. Second Lieutenant William Millar Douglas died on 19 August 1917 of wounds received in action in Belgium. He was 28 years old.

 

 

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