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Private Thomas Douglas

Newtongrange Soldier shot signing.


The sad intelligence has conveyed to Mrs Douglas, 23 The Square, that her son Thomas, who was barely 19 years of age, has been shot in action in France.


A touching letter has been sent to Mrs Douglas by Lieutenant J. S. Pringle, in the course of which he writes:


“Your son Thomas , was shot on Tuesday evening about 5pm, and died in hospital this (24th ult.) morning at 7.45am. He was hit in the head by a bullet while he was at his post in the trenches. He suffered no pain, and he was unconscious from the moment he was hit until he died, the bullet having entered the brain.


Poor fellow, I feel, and all the company feel, his loss very much, he was always so ready to do his duty and always so cheerful over it. At the moment he was struck he was singing a song.


It was men such as he that makes us feel the price those at home have to pay for it. I feel very much for you, and you have my deepest sympathy in your loss. From what I know of the boy as a soldier, I feel he must have been a very dear son to you. He is to be buried at Sailly by a Protestant clergyman, and two of his chums have been granted leave to attend the funeral”


Private Thomas Douglas 4639 “A” Company 8th Battalion Royal Scots was killed in action 24th February , 1915 aged 19 and is buried at  SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS Churchyard, Pas de Calais, France.