Captain Douglas Reid King

Biography of Captain Douglas Reid King

Douglas Reid King was born on the 30th December 1890 at Auchengower, 5 West Abercromby Street, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire. He was the son of John King and Isabella Macfarlane King (nee Colville), who had married on the 4th February 1870 in London, England. He received his early education at Larchfield School before matriculating at the University of Glasgow at aged 18 to study for a medical degree.

During his time here he studied subjects such as Anatomy, Practical Physiology and Diseases of the Ear. Douglas showed an interest in military service whilst undertaking his studies, and he was a member of both the Officers' Training Corps and the Officers’ Reserve.

Douglas graduated MB ChB in August 1914 and soon joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. In 1915 he was Mentioned in Dispatches (MID), and also received a Military Cross (MC) for his service. Captain Douglas Reid King was killed in action on the 7th June 1917, aged 26, and laid to rest at Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery, near Ieper, Belgium.


Captain Douglas Reid King
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 74th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches
Comments: Killed in action, 7 June 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1270
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/116


University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records (GUAS Ref: R8/5/34/4).

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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