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William Abbott Gale Douglas

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William Abbot Gale Douglas (c1902-1946)

1946 Obituary [1]

Lt.-Colonel WILLIAM ABBOTT GALE DOUGLAS, I.A.O.C., whose death occurred on active service on 4th March 1942, at the age of forty, was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1935 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1938. After completing his general education at Blundell's School, Tiverton, he passed into the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was gazetted to a commission in the Devon Regiment in 1921.

Seven years later he transferred to the Indian Army and served in the Indian Army Service Corps as section officer. He returned to England in, 1933 and after attending courses in mechanical transport at the R.A.S.C. Training Centre, Aldershot, he studied for a brief period at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, which he followed by a two years' civil works course with Messrs. Albion Motors, Ltd. On his return to India in 1936 he was posted to the vehicle reserve depot at Chaklala, and thereafter was O.C. workshop companies until 1940, when he was appointed director of ordnance mechanical engineering, 11th Indian Division, Malaya.

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