DOUGLAS, Tom Edgar

Service Numbers: 1442, S212088, 27016
Enlisted: 28 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 3 Air Observers School (Port Pirie)
Born: Thebarton, South Australia, 28 August 1895
Home Town: Kensington, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, South Australia, 22 January 1950, aged 54 years
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
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World War 1 Service

28 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1442, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1442, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1442, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
1 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 1442, 3rd Light Horse Regiment

World War 2 Service

27 Sep 1939: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S212088, 4th Garrison Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Sep 1939: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S212088, 4th Garrison Battalion, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
8 Jul 1940: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Sergeant, SN S212088, 4th Garrison Battalion, Discharged to join RAAF
9 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 27016, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Jul 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, SN 27016
24 Jun 1947: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 27016, No. 3 Air Observers School (Port Pirie)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards


Not long since the, story was told in these columns of a lady whose five sons had volunteered for active service. It was a great record, and South Australia was as proud of the mother as the mother was proud of her sons. But these are great times and now a new record has been made. Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Douglas, of Shipster road, Kensington, have seven sons, and six of tlem have volunteered for service at the front. Unfortunately one of the six has a defect in the sight of his right eye, which incapacitates him for military service, and although he offered himself and was fit in every other respect, the impaired sight was a bar, and he was passed out. The seventh son is 43 year of age, and has wife and eight children, so he did not feel called upon to offer himself nor was it up to him to do so. This is a a fine record for any parents to rejoice over, but Mr. and Mrs. Douglas can claim even more, for they have two grandsons (Privates D. G. T. Woods and C. J. T. Woods), children of their eldest daughter, in the trench at Gallipoli. They are in the famous Third Brigade, of the 10th Battalion, of the First Australian Expeditionary Force, which won imperishable glory at the landing at Gaba Tepe. Both got through that terrible experience without anything worse than scratch and are still manning their trenches. Both Mr. and Mrs. Douglas are native born South Australians and all their children have been bom in this State. Mr. Douglas, who is 75 years of age, is the son of a well known tent maker who was in business in Pirie street for many years. Mrs. Douglas is the eldest daughter of Mr. Edward Bromley, a butcher in Adelaide, one of the earliest colonists of the State. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas have passed the greater portion of their lives in South Australia, though they have at different periods been residents of Broken Hill. The sons who have volunteered are follows; 

Albert E. Douglas, aged 37; rejected, account defective eyesight.
Archie W. Douglas, aged. 35; private, third reinforcements.
Harry R. Douglas, aged 30; lance-corporal, third renforcements.
Hugh N. Douglas, aged 26; private, Army Medical Service Corps.
Wallace Gordon Douglas, aged 23; private, seventh reinforcements.
Tom E. Douglas, aged 20; trooper, Light Horse

The grandsons who have volunteered are;

Private D. G. T. Woods, Third Division, First Expeditionary Force.
Private E. J. T. Woods, Third Division, First Expeditionary Force.

Lance-Corporal H. R. Douglas was slightly wounded at Gallipoli by shrapnel but has recovered and is again in the trenches." - from the Adelaide Daily News 17 Aug 1915 (