Doggart, Thomas Watters (No. 1821642)

Doggart, Thomas Watters (Thomas)

Flight Sergeant

No. 1821642, 44 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died on active service on Wednesday 7 March 1945 (aged 20)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 270)

BIOGRAPHY

When Flight Sergeant Thomas Watters Doggart (No. 1821642) went missing in action it was reported in the 24 March 1945 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Ardsman’s Son Missing.  Thomas Watters Doggart was a grandson of the late Thomas Watters and Alice Doggart (nee Lamont), Newtownards; a nephew of William Lamont Doggart, Frances Street, Newtownards; a nephew of Agnes Jane Amberson (nee Doggart), Pound Street, Newtownards and a nephew of Horatio James Doggart, Bangor.

Flight Sergeant Thomas Watters Doggart (No. 1821642) was born on 14 January 1925 in Hutchesontown, Glasgow and he was a son of Thomas Watters Doggart and Mary McDonald Doggart (nee Munro) of Maryhill Road, Glasgow.  Thomas Watters Doggart Senior worked as an engine fitter and he and Mary McDonald Munro were married on 19 May 1915 in the Augustine United Free Church, Glasgow.  They had three children:

Mary Munro (born 2 January 1916)

Thomas Watters (born 14 January 1925)

Alexander Lamont (born 28 September 1929)

Flight Sergeant Thomas Watters Doggart’s grandfather, Thomas Watters Doggart, had worked as a postman in Newtownards and he and his wife Alice had nine children including David Hutchinson, James MacDonald, William Lamont, Horatio James, Alice, Agnes Jane and Thomas Watters.

During the Second World War Thomas Watters Doggart Junior served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in Bomber Command and he died on 7 March 1945.  Flight Sergeant Doggart was one of a seven-man crew aboard an Avro Lancaster Mark I aircraft (NG396) that took off at 6.31 pm from RAF Spilsby in Lincolnshire on a mission to bomb harbour facilities at Sassnitz in Germany.  Their aircraft was lost over the Baltic and the other six crew members who died that night were:

  • Flying Officer Bernard Francis Boyle (Royal Canadian Air Force)
  • Sergeant William Christopher Thornton (aged 28) from Cashel, Co. Tipperary
  • Pilot Officer James Pickup (aged 32) from Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire
  • Flight Sergeant William James Cruse Turner
  • Flight Sergeant John C. Smith (aged 20) from Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire
  • Sergeant Charles James Hance (aged 20) from Heston, Middlesex

During the First World War six of Flight Sergeant Thomas Watters Doggart’s relations were killed.  His great-grandfather, Arthur Doggart, was a brother of John Doggart who had eight children, including Hugh and Horatio.

Hugh Doggart had eight children and three of his sons were killed in the Great War – Corporal James Neil Doggart (No. 8496), Rifleman Thomas Maddock Doggart (No. 16418) and Rifleman Alexander Doggart (No. 18/389).

Hugh’s brother, Horatio Doggart, had five children and three of his sons were killed in the Great War – Rifleman James Doggart (No. 17575), Lance Corporal Hugh Doggart MM (No. 3914) and Rifleman William Doggart (No. 18/329).

Flight Sergeant Thomas Watters Doggart’s body was never recovered, and he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.