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Douglas Say


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Rank, service number and regiment

Private 394 12th Battalion, Australian Infantry

Enlisted

26 August 1914, Pontville, Tasmania

Home address

The Manse, now The White House, Mid Lambrook. After he emigrated, Melville Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

Date of death

25 May 1915

Age of death

24 years

Circumstances of death

Douglas’s Battalion was involved in action between Allied and Turkish forces on the Gallipoli peninsula between April 1915 and January 1916. It was where the soldiers of the ANZAC troops – the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – first went into action during the First World War. Douglas was taken to hospital seriously wounded by gun shot on 1st May and died of his wounds on 25th May 1915.

Where buried

Grave M161, Alexandria Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt. His name is also inscribed on panel 67 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Date of birth & full name

August 17th 1890. DOUGLAS STANLEY SAY

Occupation

Grocer’s Assistant. This was on the 1911 census and on his 1914 Australian Army registration form.

Parents

Reverend George Say and Elizabeth Ann Say (nee Welchman). George was minister of the Middle Lambrook Meeting of the United Reformed Church from 1885 – 1922. They lived at The Manse, Mid Lambrook, now The White House.

Spouse & children

Douglas was unmarried

Awards

1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Other information

Douglas used the spelling SAYE in his Australian Army application. According to this application, he was 5’ 7” tall, weighed 9st 11lbs, chest expansion of 32” – 35”, dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair. He had a scar on his upper lip.
Elizabeth Ann Say, his mother, died on 24th December 1910 after a fall from her horse, when the girth broke. As the wife of the minister, she may have been out visiting neighbours or members of the congregation on Christmas Eve when the accident occurred.  She is interred in K.E. burial ground.
On 6 April 1911 Douglas and his brother Leonard emigrated to Australia, sailing from Liverpool to Melbourne on SS Runic White Star Line. Douglas gained employment in Hobart, Tasmania, occupation grocer’s assistant.  Leonard became a teacher in the state of Victoria. He was killed at Passchendaele in November 1917.
Siblings included Leonard, Ida Winifred, Evelyn Flora, Wilfred, Ralph.

The photo below was taken at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, where Douglas is also remembered. His large portrait photograph hangs in the Middle Lambrook Meeting United Reformed Church.