Douglas, Arol Bryce (2765)
Place of Birth: Ballarat, VIC
Age: 21 years 8 months
Enlistment Details: Friday, 7 April 1916 – Goulburn, NSW
Service Number: 2765 view online service record
Next of Kin:
Elizabeth Douglas (mother)
397 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC
Date: Saturday, 7 October 1916
Ship: HMAT Ceramic A40
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion – 6th Reinforcements
KIA: Thursday, 7 June 1917
Brother: Leslie Victor Douglas
Teacher at Nott Street School.
Corporal, 45 Infantry, killed in action 7 June, 1917, Belgium, aged 22, commemorated Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.
Parents: Samuel and Elizabeth DOUGLAS, brother: 517, Leslie Victor DOUGLAS died of disease, 16 November 1918. Born Ballarat, educated Nott Street SS, Melbourne High School, family then at 397 Bay Street (dairy produce store). Enlisted in Sydney, listed as a military staff clerk, mother at 397 Bay Street, circular from same address. No known grave, commemorated Port Melbourne Presbyterian Church Honour Roll.
Additional research by Brian Membrey
“Casualty was killed as Messines on 7th June, 1917 by a machine gun bullet through the forehead whilst on a raid. I was beside him. He was killed instantly” (J. T. McKell, 2591)
“I knew Douglas, he was in A Coy. I was told by L/Cpl Hynes, A.IV, that he was with Douglas near Messines when he was killed, shot by a sniper. It was during an attack and I believe it was some days before the 7th June. Hynes was with the Battn two days ago and could not doubt give further details. Douglas was a very popular man”. (Pte Ross, 3437, No. 3 Canadian General Hospital)