DOUGHTY, William Robert

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The following records have been discerned for Private William Robert 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: William Robert Doughty
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1890
Registration district: Dover
Inferred County: Kent
Volume: 2a
Page: 947

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): William
Surname: DOUGHTY
Age: 11
Gender: M
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1902-05-24
Port of Arrival: Halifax
Date of Arrival: 1902-06-00
Year of Arrival: 1902
Party: Middlemore Homes
Destination: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T-496
Children travelling together: H02AB
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1b
Item Number: 53061

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

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.

Attestation papers were signed 21 Jul 1915 in St. Thomas, Ontario.  William Doughty was born 16 Apr 1890 in Dover, England.  His Next of Kin was his Sister, Mrs. Fred Mathews of the Hotel Empire, St. Thomas, Ontario.  He had previous Military experience with the 25th Regiment for 1 year.  5'4" in height with blue eyes and dark hair.  His religion was noted as Church of England.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he was Killed in Action in the vicinity of Souchez, Nord Pas de Calais, France.  His Next of Kin was Mrs. Lillian Matthews, his Sister, of The Priory, Goldhurst Terrace, West Hampstead, London but that was changed to 36 Highfield Road, Berkhampstead, Hertsfordshire, England.  He was buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, Nord Pas de Calais, France.  Plot: III. C. 8.

Ups and Downs Magazine for Barnardo Homes was published in Canada and noted into their Jan 1918 edition that William R. Doughty had come to Canada in 1905 and had been Killed or Died of Wounds in WW1.  (See RG 76 vol 52 File 2209 pt 3).

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