DOUGHTY, Joseph Henry

Photo courtesy of  Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives

DOUGHTYJoseph Henry1897-12-24Dover, Kent, EnglandDOMINION190812Barnardo Homes1915-11-19St. Thomas, Ontario1916-11-081838th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regiment), ArmyVimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceNext of Kin listed as Mrs. Lilian Mathews (Sister), Empire Hotel, St Thomas, OntarioSon of the late John and Elizabeth Doughty.Attestation year of birth was 1895 but he was born in 1897. Brother of Private William Robert who was also BHC and died in service.Index of Home Children who died in the First World WarPrivate189455 Thomas, Ontario, Canada,%20JOSEPH%20HENRY Information from Soldiers of the 38th.Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)38th Battalion36th Battalion91st Battalion War MedalVictory MedalPlaque (761265) & ScrollMedals & DecorationsBattle of the Somme

Private Joseph Henry Doughty

Born on 24 December 1895 in Dover, Kent, England - son of John and Elizabeth Doughty - brother of Mrs. Lilian Matthews, St. Thomas, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same as sister, trade as labourer, single, no current military service, previously served one year with the 25th Regiment, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 3 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, light complexion, grey eyes, light brown hair.
Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 19 November 1915 (number 189455) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

Information from Soldiers of the 38th Battalion

The following records have been discerned for Private Joseph Henry Doughty by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.  Son of Elizabeth Thomas and John Doughty.  Listed among those on Barnardo Homes 'Faithful Unto Death' report of the 677 boys who gave their lives in World War One.

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
Name: John Doughty
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1881
Registration district: Dover
Inferred County: Kent
Volume Number: 2a
Page Number: 1750
Spouse: Elizabeth Thomas

England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name: Joseph Henry Doughty
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1897
Registration district: Dover
Inferred County: Kent
Volume: 2a
Page: 1005

1891 English Census records place the family of Elizabeth and John Doughty in St. James Parish, Dover, Kent, England.  In residence were their children John C T (8), Charles Edwin (7), Elizabeth (6), Rachel M (4), Minnie F (2) and William R (11 months).  John was a Fish Hawker by trade.

Rachel Mary Doughty was born about 1877 and died in the Jan-Mar quarter of 1897 about the age of 10 in Dover, Kent, England.

Elizabeth Doughty was born about 1860 and died in the Jul-Sep quarter of 1898 about the age of 38 in Dover, Kent, England.

1901 English Census records place the family of widowed John Doughty in St. James the Apostle Parish, Dover, Kent, England.  In residence were his children Lizzie (16), Minnie (12), William (10) and Joseph (4).  John was a Fishmonger by trade.

Library and Archives Canada
Given Name(s): Joseph
Surname: DOUGHTY
Age: 12
Gender: M
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1908-03-12
Port of Arrival: Halifax
Date of Arrival: 1908-03-21
Year of Arrival: 1908
Party: Barnardo Homes
Destination: Toronto, Ontario
Comments: Party of boys
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T-503
Children travelling together: H08AC
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1b
Item Number:66574

John Doughty was born about 1851 and died in the Apr-Jun quarter of 1903 at the age of 52 in Dover, Kent, England.

1911 Canadian Census records place Joseph H Doughty as a Servant in the household of Elizabeth and Joseph H Clark in Proton, Grey, Ontario.  Joseph was 15, born Dec 1896 in England and had immigrated in 1908.

27 Dec 1914 Marriage records for Elgin County, Ontario state the marriage of Lilly Doughty and Frederick Matthews.  Lilly was 29 years of age, born about 1885 in Dover, Kent, England.  She notes her parents as Elizabeth Thomas and John Doughty.

Board of Guardians paperwork for British Children who immigrated to Canada notes that Joseph Doughty arrived in 1908 at the age of 12 from the Dover Union through Barnardo Homes.  His first Inspection was 5 Jun 1909 and he was to have 4 more visits.  He was seen 16 May 1910, 25 Oct 1911, 1 Oct 1912, and 3 Apr 1913.  On 1 Apr 1916 it's noted he was on Active Service and on 21 Mar 1917 it's noted that he had been Killed in Action.

Attestation papers were signed 19 Nov 1915 in St. Thomas, Ontario.  Joseph Henry Doughty was born 24 Dec 1895 (1897) in Dover, Kent, England.  His Next of Kin was his Sister, Mrs. Lillian Mathews of the Empire Hotel, St. Thomas, Ontario.  He had previous Military experience with the 25th Regiment for 1 year.  5'3" in height with grey eyes and light brown hair.  His religion was noted as Presbyterian.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he was Killed in Action in the vicinity of Courcelette, Somme, Picardie, France.  His Next of Kin was Mrs. Minnie F Pannett of 3 Hiawatha Street, St. Thomas, Ontario but was changed to 394 Jacob Street in St. Thomas, Ontario.  His body was not recovered for burial.  His name is listed on the Vimy Memorial, Vimy, Nord Pas de Calais, France.

Ups and Downs Magazine for Barnardo Homes was published in Canada and noted into their Jan 1918 edition that Joseph H. Doughty had come to Canada in 1906 and had been Killed or Died of Wounds in WW1.  (See RG 76 vol 52 File 2209 pt 3).  Earlier mentions noted in the May 1913 edition that Joseph had made a Donation up to the 10th of May.

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