Samuel Douglas Johnstone (Doug) FIGGIS


FIGGIS, Samuel Douglas Johnstone

Service Number: 2151
Enlisted: 13 March 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Balaclava, Vic., 10 August 1895
Home Town: Canterbury, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Hawthorn College and Trinity Grammar School Kew
Occupation: Assistant Librarian at Melbourne Public Library
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 10 August 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Beach Cemetery - ANZAC Cove
II F 16, Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Camberwell War Memorial, Public Library and National Museum of Victoria
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World War 1 Service

13 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2151, 5th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
25 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2151, 5th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2151, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Arthur Johnstone and Ada Jane FIGGIS, "Highbury", Wattle Valley Road, Canterbury, Victoria


Samuel was struck by a bomb whilst in charge of his observation post.  He died next day on his 20th birthday at the Clearing Hospital on the beach.

He won a State Scholarship from the Canterbury State School, passed Junior Public in 12 subjects and Senior Public in 8 subjects and had just completed preparations for entering the university  for a science course when he enlisted.

A comrade wrote:
"We came through a pretty heavy bombardment; I was not feeling too happy, but I looked at Doug, and he never turned a hair; be was as calm as if on parade." Coy. Sgt.-major wrote: "I cannot tell  you how much his men missed him; he was liked by all." Col. Le Maistre wrote: "He died like a hero at his post." Major Stewart says: "Your son was highly spoken of by his officers and men. He did his  job and died a man's death, at his post." He was an ardent stamp collector, and a member of the junior Philatelic Society. While naturally a student, he was fond of all sport, and was a capable cricketer and tennis player.