Project Description

HAROLD DOUGHTY 1895–1975

RGA

Brother of Fred and George

Born 3 May 1895 in Radcliffe on Trent

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

Married Annie L Carrington age 27 in September 1924 at Cotgrave

Children: Kenneth, Cynthia, Gerald, Jeffrey and 1 other.

Died December 31st 1975 age 70 at Edwalton. Ashes interred in Edwalton churchyard

Radcliffe School Register

Admitted 2 May 1898 listed as living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Admission number: 1422

1901 Census

Age 5 living with father George 30 a railway platelayer, mother Sarah Ellen 34 and brothers Fred 14, a milk boy, Harold 5 and sister Edith 12. They lived on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

1911 Census

Age 15 living with father George, mother Sarah Ellen and brother Harold 15 a gardener, and sister Gladys Ellen 6 at school. They lived at Gilmans Yard, Radcliffe on Trent in a 3 roomed house. He is employed as a gardener

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 127653

Military Unit: Royal Garrison Artillery

Theatre of War: served in Gibraltar from 29.11.16-3.3.18 then France and Flanders, date of entry 27.4.18.

Enlisted in Nottingham 27 November 1915 at Nottingham (Army Reserve)

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent; age 20 years 6 months, occupation toolman on the railway. Next of kin: Sarah Ellen Doughty, mother, of Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Distinguishing marks: 3 moles on back. Height: 5ft 9¼ins, weight 141 lbs, girth 36ins-range of expansion 3ins. Religion C of E.

29.11.16: Posted to Gibraltar with 55 Company, Royal Garrison Artillery

3.3.18: Returned from Gibraltar 3 March 1918, transferred to France 27 April 1918 until 11 February 1919

25.4.18: Whilst on active service overstaying leave from 10.20pm. 23 April 1918 to 8pm 24 April 1918 – deprived of 6 days’ pay

Wounded

21.11.18: Injured whilst on duty on casualty list admitted to hospital 21 Nov 1918- accidentally injured by a bullet in right thigh. In hospital at Honfleur.

Message to mother: Officer Commanding 40 Stationary Hospital, Honfleur

8.2.19: Reports 8 February 1919 formerly dangerously ill now seriously ill, 127653 gunner H Doughty RGA – regret permission to visit him cannot be granted.

11.2.19: Removed from seriously ill list and transferred to England.

12.2.19: Admitted to Nell Lane Military Hospital, West Didsbury, Manchester

Report on Accidental or Self Inflicted injuries:

Whilst carrying a trench mortar down railway embankment to salvage dump I kicked a stick bomb (German) which went off wounding me in the right thigh, in the performance of military duty.

24.6.19: Overstaying leave from 10pm – 9.30pm 26 June 1919 – absent 47½ hours- admonished, forfeits 2 days pay.

On his pension record it states that he suffered from influenza early 1919.

10 October 1919 resumed work with Great Northern Railway Company as a platelayer at Colwick.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Palin Row, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1939 Register

Address: 50 Nottingham Road, Keyworth, Notts.

Occupation: van driver

Household: living with wife Anne born 7.9.1893 and sons Kenneth J, Jeffrey and Gerald

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.