As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about Sergeant Frederick James Douglas, who died 9 April 1917 at Vimy Ridge while serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.
Here are the local Cowichan Leader newspaper reports of the death of Sergeant Frederick James Douglas:
“Sergt. Fred Douglas
Mrs. Douglas, Duncan, received word on Tuesday that her son, Sergt. Fred Douglas, is now officially reported wounded and missing. In April last he was included in the casualty list as having been wounded on April 9th at Vimy Ridge. Sergt. Douglas joined the Royal Canadian Regiment soon after war broke out, and had served in Bermuda before going to France in October, 1915. At one time he conducted a harness making business in Duncan. He was prominent in baseball and basketball and highly esteemed in the city.”
“Sergt. F.J. Douglas
The casualty list of November 26th contained the name of Sergt. F.J. Douglas, Duncan, among the killed. He was included among the wounded at Vimy Ridge and in June last was posted as wounded and missing. Many in Duncan will mourn the passing of this brave soldier. He joined the Royal Canadian Regt. early in the way, served in Bermuda, and arrived in France in October 1915. He leaves a mother in Duncan.”
Here are some websites with more information on Frederick James Douglas:
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Vimy Memorial
- Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
- Royal Canadian Regiment – First World War
- Royal Canadian Regiment – Canadian Encyclodedia
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