Project Description

GEORGE EDWARD DOUGHTY 1898–1981

RGA

Brother of Fred and Harold Doughty

Born 18 June 1898 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 10th July 1898 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Two marriages: in 1923 to Kate Bradley, who died in 1927 from Tuberculosis, and to Ruth Smedley in 1929.

Died in Wilburton, Cambridge March 1981, age 82 years

1901 Census

Age 2 living with father George 39 born in Kirton, Lincolnshire, mother Sarah Ellen 34, born in Corby, Northamptonshire and brothers Fred 14 a milk boy and Harold 5, both born in Radcliffe on Trent, and sister Edith 12 born in Saxondale. They are living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

1911 Census

Age 12 attending school and living with father George, 49 a platelayer on the railway, mother Sarah Ellen, 44, brother Harold 15 a gardener and sister Gladys Ellen 6 at school. They were living at Gilmans Yard, Radcliffe on Trent in a three roomed house.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 23665

Military Unit: Royal Field Artillery

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 12.1.16.

Enlistment: Nottingham on 4 May 1915

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent; age 19, occupation railway employee, next of kin, Sarah Ellen (mother). Height 5ft 6⅜ins, girth 34ins, range of expansion 2ins. Distinguishing mark, mole on right ear.

Total service: 4 years 333 days

Demobbed 8 March 1919

Confirmed stationed in France from 12 January 1916 to 24 March 1918 and from 6 May 1918 until 21 October 1918.

Medical history

Spent at least two months in the General Hospital, St Omer, France with Cerebro Spinal Fever – a telegram was sent to his mother 28 January 1918 informing her that he was dangerously ill, but permission to visit could not be granted, then another telegram on 3 March 1918 saying he was no longer dangerously ill.

He was involved in a traffic accident in September 1918. A statement by Lieutenant R P Cook of the 14th Brigade RFA reported:

23665 Gunner Doughty G of this battery was riding on our ammunition limber on the evening of 27 September 1918 when the rear wheel passed through a bad place in the road, causing the said gunners leg to get in between the spokes of the wheel thus spraining his ankle. Dated 5 October 1918

There is an offence on his record for which he was given 10 days field punishment no.2:

12 May 1916 –Injuring a government mule in the field

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory,  received 22 August 1921

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Palin Row, Radcliffe on Trent

Other information

His father was killed on the railway where he was working in 1913 and his mother died in June 1926.

From the 1939 Register

Address: 20 Station Road, Carlton, Notts.

Occupation: locomotive fireman

Household: living with wife Ruth and Frederick and Sarah Smedley, parents in law

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.