In Memory of


1st/4th Bn., Gordon Highlanders
who died on
Tuesday, 23rd April 1918. Age 24.

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George Douglas



War & Victory Medals

Son of John and Elizabeth Douglas, lived at Craigton, later Rose Cottage.

John d Kirkhill, 14/4/1896. Elizabeth Stuart d Craigton Cott, 28/1/1921
Interred Kennethmont CY (Old). George recorded on headstone d Belgium 23/4/1918

George Douglas was baptised at Seggieden on 13/10/1893. His father was a farm servant.

Kennethmont School Records- enrolled 1/6/1898, Parent / Guardian Mrs Douglas, Kirkhill DOB 23/3/1893

Pte 6 GH, Craigton Cottage on memorial. The Roll of Honour in 6th GH in France and Flanders shows Pte Geo Douglas, enlisted Huntly as attached to 4th GH.

PRO, War & Victory Medals, previously 12273, Pte, GH

Born Kennethmont and enlisted at Huntly, Died of Wounds, served Germany

D Cert AF - Died while a POW

Only George Douglas in GH from records, Brother of Alex Douglas

Brothers James, b 6/3/1892, and John served Pte 6 GH, Jimmy d Aberdeen 21/8/1941, John d Inverurie 29/3/1970.
Jimmy had one leg, a result of war service, but got about on his bicycle quite easily.

9th-29th April 1918, Battles of the Lys. The Germans advance in Flanders in an attempt to gain the important rail junction of Hazebrouck and the Channel ports.
4GH went into action at 4am on 11th April in a section by the La Bassee Canal betwen Bethune and Locon. Battalion suffered very heavy losses.

Service notes
1/4th Gordons (City of Aberdeen Btn - not to be confused with 4th Reserve Btn)

4/8/1914 Aberdeen. Highland Division.
To Bedford. Left Highland Division and landed at Havre on 20/2/1915.
Camped above the town at Bléville
22/1915 left by train to railhead at Bailleul, Belgium.
27/2/1915 to 8th Brigade, 3rd Division at La Clytte.Five mile march from Bailleul.

10/10/1915 to 76th Brigade, 3rd Division.
23/2/1916 rejoined Highland Division in 154th Brigade,51st Highland Division.
11/11/1918 in same at Cambrai, France.


Commemorative Information


Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

II. F. 2.


The headstone of George Douglas

Tournai Communal Cemetery is located in the south west district of Tournai itself on the N508, Chaussee De Douai, a road leading from the R52 Tournai ring road. 900 metres after leaving the R523 and joining the N508, lies the left hand turning onto the Chaussee De Willemean. The cemetery is located at the end of this lane.

Historical Information: Tournai (Doornik in Flemish), was captured by the German II Corps on the 23rd August, 1914, in spite of the resistance of a French Territorial Brigade, and it remained in German hands until it was entered by the 47th (London) and 74th (Yeomanry) Divisions on the 8th November, 1918. The 51st (or Highland) Casualty Clearing Station came in on the 14th November and remained until the 20th July, 1919. The (Southern) Communal Cemetery, in the Faubourg-St. Martin, was used and extended by the Germans during their occupation. (German sick and wounded were nursed in the "Asile", the British and Allied in the Hopital Notre-Dame.) The earlier German War burials were made in the North corner, the later in the extension to the South-West, and the British burials after the Armistice in the same extension. It was decided later to regroup the German and Allied dead, by nationalities; and part of the German Extension then became the Allied (or Western) Extension. There were brought to it not only British and many Allied dead from the North corner of the cemetery, but also British dead from other cemeteries in a wide area round Tournai. There are now nearly 700, 1914-18 and over 50, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 30 from the 1914-18 War are unidentified. The cemetery covers an area of 3,233 square metres.