DOUGLAS, Alan (of East Bridgford)

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Born 1900, Died 1999

Alan Douglas served as a despatch rider in the First World War and was awarded the Legion D'Honneur medal by the French government for the help he gave to that country during the conflict.

Mr Douglas died in 1999 aged 99, and in its edition of 12th February 1999 (p.23) The Newark Advertiser reported:-

"A funeral service was held for Mr Alan Douglas of Ludgate Drive, East Bridgford, at Wilford Hill cemetery in Nottingham on Wednesday.

"He was born in Glasgow and educated in Cumbria.

"He was wounded while working as a despatch rider in the first world war.

"After the war he wrote a book about radio which sold 120,000 copies and he became a film sound recordist.

"During the late Twenties he studied in Berlin where he saw the rise of the Nazis.

"His expertise was used in fighting them in the second world war when he was based at the secret atomic installation at Harwell in Oxfordshire where he designed a radiation monitor.

"Mr Douglas was back in Germany after the war looking at the state of the country’s industry.

"He returned to Britain to work for British Steel and later worked for Plessey, a job which brought him to Nottinghamshire.

"Last year the French Government awarded him its Legion D’Honneur medal for his help in the first world war.

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