Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Alexander Smith (TD) - Obituary

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Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Alexander Smith (TD)  May 1924 - May 2014

Lt Col (Retd) Douglas Alexander Smith (TD) died aged 90.  He enlisted for the duration of World War 11 at Aberdeen in October 1942 and was posted to the 8th (Territorial) Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  From 1943 to 1945 he served in the 78th (Battleaxe) Infantry Division, which participated in the hard-fought Italian campaign, taking part in the fourth and last Battle of Monte Cassino and the final push through the mountains of north-east Italy into Austria. 

From 1945 to 1947 he served with the reconstructed 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the British Mandate for Palestine. Douglas often remarked on how pleased he was to spend a Christmas Day at Bethlehem.  He was demobilised, at the rank of Sergeant, in May 1947.

In December 1960 Douglas rejoined the Territorial Army and was granted a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Army Pay Corps.  He was appointed Unit Paymaster of 6th/7th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (TA).  In April 1967, he was promoted to captain and two years later transferred in the rank of Major to the 2nd Battalion, 52nd Lowland Volunteers.

He was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel in January 1977 and appointed as Home Defence Joint Service Liaison Officer for Strathclyde Region in May 1977.  In 1979 he became a member of the Committee of the Earl Haig Fund (Scotland) and was a representative for Glasgow and South West Area, then for the North, South and East Area.  After 25 years service with the Territorial Army, Douglas retired in July 1981.

Douglas Smith was born and raised in Aberdeen.  He was educated at Ferryhill Primary School and Robert Gordon’s College. He finally settled, with his wife, in the village of Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, where they spent their final years. They married in 1951, she predeceased him and he is survived by two sons, two daughters and four grandchildren.


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