Private William Douglas

Private William Douglas, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. He died of wounds, aged 37, in the 4th Casualty Clearing Station in Belgium on 23rd July 1917 and is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery. He had been born in Bellingham, Northumberland and was the son of Mary and the late Andrew of Kirk Yetholm. At this time the Battalion was at Coppernollerhoek preparing for the Battle of Third Ypres which was to open on the 31st July and casualties occurred through enemy shellfire whilst carrying ammunition up to the front line.  In this way between 1st and 23rd July the Battalion lost 51 men killed or wounded without being in action.

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