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D.C. McDougall, a lucky man

 
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jamiemcginlay



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:44 pm    Post subject: D.C. McDougall, a lucky man Reply with quote

I thought I might share this, I think the Gretna Disaster has been posted here before and for want of a better place I thought I'd post this item I stumbled across in the Scotsman when I was looking up a grave in Cathcart cemetery which commemorates a man lost in the Princess Irene.
I've checked on the CWGC and there doesn't appear to be a D.C. McDougall listed so it looks like he survived the war.

The Scotsman Monday 31st May 1915, Page 9
"GLASGOW MAN'S ESCAPE
In the list of Glasgow men supposed to be on board the ill fated Princess Irene, was mentioned the name of Mr. D.C. McDougall, 28 Overnewton Street, who signed on as chief cook. It has since been learned that Mr. McDougall at his own request obtained his discharge over a week ago, a suitable man for the post being picked up at Sheerness. Mr. McDougall arranged to travel to Glasgow by the express which was wrecked in the Gretna disaster, but he altered his plans and travelled by the Thursday night train, arriving safely in Glasgow next morning."

Princess Irene
http://www.gwpda.org/naval/pirene.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd never heard of the 'Princess Irene' before but reading the report he was a very lucky man not being on the ship because he would not have survived.

Missing Gretna was lucky too although he would have had more chance surviving that (although a Glasgow sailor was killed on the Express train).

Apart from losing a brand new minelayer and her crew so early in the war the loss of 80 Petty Officers in one go, who I presume were on minelaying training must have been quite a blow to the Navy.

So too would be the deaths of experienced dockyard workers. Their loss must have had an impact on preparing other ships for war.

Thanks for posting this Jim.

Adam
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