Douglas, Robert Carse (Robert)
No. 18/767, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Friday 1 September 1916 (aged 20)
Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Belgium (Grave II. C. 27)
Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church
In some records his surname is spelt Douglass.
Robert Carse Douglas was born on 9 December 1895 in the townland of Magherascouse and he was a son of John Kerr Douglas and Agnes Douglas (nee Carse) who were married on 29 September 1893 in First Comber Presbyterian Church. John Kerr Douglas from Magherascouse was a son of Henry Douglas, a farmer. Agnes Carse from Magherascouse was a daughter of James Carse, a farmer.
After they got married, the Douglas family lived with Agnes’s parents, James and Annie Carse who farmed in the townland of Magherascouse, Ballygowan. Later they lived at 33 Balfour Street, Newtownards.
John Kerr Douglas worked as a farm labourer and he and Agnes had at least fourteen children:
James Morrow (born 27 November 1894 in Magherascouse)
Robert Carse (born 9 December 1895 in Magherascouse)
Sarah (born 5 February 1897 in Magherascouse)
Annie (born 26 December 1898 in Magherascouse)
Henry (born 27 May 1900 at 61 Roundhill Street, Belfast)
John (born 10 October 1901 in Ballyrush)
Susan Carse (Susie, born 11.45 pm 5 August 1903 in Ballyrush)
Thomas Carse (born 12.00 pm 5 August 1903 in Ballyrush)
Samuel Carse Morrow (born 18 December 1904 in Magherascouse)
David Carse (born 3 April 1906 in Magherascouse)
William (born 8 May 1907 in Magherascouse)
Hugh Brown (born 13 September 1908 in Magherascouse)
Mary (born 30 November 1909 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)
Agnes (born 2 May 1911 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)
Four of the children (Samuel, David, William and Hugh) were baptised in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.
Robert Douglas worked as a general labourer/farm labourer, he lived for a time at 13 Eversleigh Street, Belfast and he enlisted in Newtownards.
Rifleman Robert Douglas served with the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 20 when he was killed in action on 1 September 1916. He was buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Belgium and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
Rifleman Robert Douglas is commemorated in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church, Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church, and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 164).
During the Great War, James Morrow Douglas served with the Australian Infantry and was awarded the Military Medal. He was discharged on 21 August 1919. He is commemorated on the Served tablet in Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church. Lance Corporal James Morrow Douglas (No. 4804) received the following citation in respect of his Military Medal:
During the attack East of St Quentin near Peronne on 2 September 1918 this NCO was in charge of a Lewis Gun section. When going forward over open ground, opposition in the shape of heavy machine gun fire was met with from both flanks as well as from the front. This fire temporarily held up the advance causing casualties in our ranks. In spite of this fire L/Cpl Douglas continued to advance, bringing his Lewis Gun fire to bear on the enemy with great effect, until he eventually got close enough to silence several of the enemy guns.
During the Great War Henry Douglas served as a Rifleman (No. 24653) with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles and was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 22 July 1920. At the time of writing (April 2022) he is on the In From The Cold Project list of names awaiting adjudication. Rifleman Henry Douglas (No. 24653) is commemorated in Mountpottinger Presbyterian Church.