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25 Nov 1896
West Bridgford Nottingham
Douglas Albert (birth registration and baptismal record Albert Douglas) was the son of Albert Edward and Georgina (Gena) Mary Scott (née Browne). His father was born in Newington, London, in about 1863 and his mother in Nottingham in 1868, the daughter of Edwin Browne, an accountant, and his wife Lucy. Albert and Georgina were married at West Bridgford St Giles in August 1890 and had five children. Their first child was born in Nottingham and the younger children in West Bridgford: Harold Edwin b. 1891 bap. Nottingham Holy Trinity 1892; George Green b. 1893 bap. West Bridgford St Giles 1894; Albert Douglas b. 25 November 1896 bap. Holy Trinity 7 April 1897; Mary Evelyn b. 1899 bap. St Giles 1899 and Hilda Francoise b. 1901. Albert, a warehouseman, and Georgina, were living on Glebe Street, Nottingham, in 1891; their son Percival (sic) Edwin (birth registered Harold Edwin) was 7 days old. Also in the household was a monthly nurse. The following January when their son was baptised they were living at Cricket Ground House, possibly in West Bridgford. However, by the time of Douglas' birth in 1896 the family was living at 2 Chestnut Grove, West Bridgford. and this was still the family home in 1901: Albert, a curtain salesman and warehouseman, Georgina, Harold, George (8), Douglas (4) and Mary (2). Their second daughter, Hilda, was born later that year. In 1911 Albert and Georgina were living at 6 Gordon Road, West Bridgford. Four of their five children were in the home on the night of the census: George and Douglas who were both warehousemen (lace manufacturer), Mary, and Hilda (9); Harold has not yet been traced on the census. Douglas's parents and his brothers Harold and George, all of 6 Gordon Road, West Bridgford, were named as his next of kin when he attested in 1914. His mother Georgina Mary died on 13 December 1937, she and Albert were then living on Orston Drive, Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Albert probaby died in 1940; when the England & Wales Register was compiled the previous year he was recorded living on Portland Road, Nottingham, which may have been a boarding house.
1911 - warehouseman (lace manufacturer)
23 Mar 1917
20
R/4728
6 Gordon Road, West Bridgford Nottingham.
Rifleman
King's Royal Rifle Corps
3rd Bn King's Royal Rifles Corps Served as Douglas Scott. Douglas attested on 11 September 1914. on a Short Service Engagement (three years with the Colours). He was 19 years 160 days and employed as a warehouseman. He joined at Winchester on 15 September. He served in France from 30 July 1915 to 3 January 1916 and then at home until his discharge from the army 'no longer physically fit for war service (Para 392 (xvi) KR)' on 15 March 1916. His discharge papers described his character 'in accordance with King's Regulations' as: 'A good hard working and sober man. Did well in the service. Warehouseman by trade.' The Medical Board had found that he was suffering from phthisis (now described as tuberculosis). The medical record noted that the condition 'Originated 7 December 1915 in France. States there is no family history of Phthisis. Went sick 7 December 1915 complaining of cough and shortness of breath. TB dilated in sputum 17 January 1916.' The medical board initially attributed his illness to active service and Douglas was awarded a pension of 25 shilling for six months (review). However, this was later reduced to 15 shillings from 16 March 1916 when the Board took into account a report that: 'Auditor points out. Wrongly entered on Roll. Disability aggravated but not cause by active service.' Nevertheless, by 31 August 1916 Douglas' illness was deemed 'total incapacity' and his pension was increased to 20 shillings for 12 months (review) from 16 September 1916. Douglas died at home, 6 Gordon Road, on 23 September 1917. He had served for 1 year 186 days: Home 11 September – 29 July 1915 (322 days), BEF France 30 July 1915-3 January 1916 (158 days), Home 4 January 1916-15 March 1916 (71 days). He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
CWGC - Douglas Albert is not recorded on the CWGC Debt of Honour. He died on 23 March 1917, a year after his discharge from the Army as physically unfit for war service. Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 23 March 1917: 'Scott. On March 23rd at Gordon Road West Bridgford, Douglas Albert, beloved son of Mr and Mrs A E Scott, in his 21st year: illness contracted on active service with King's Royal Rifles.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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