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Andrew Dougall
Dougall in 1917
Born (1884-05-22)22 May 1884
Died 11 November 1941(1941-11-11) (aged 57)
Hilton, South Australia
Height 180 cm
Weight 71 kg

Andrew William Dougall (22 May 1884 – 11 November 1941) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

Change of name[edit | edit source]

He enlisted in the first AIF under the name of James Davidson (the reason for this decision has never been explained); and, it seems, he went under that name for the rest of his life.[2]

Family[edit | edit source]

The son of Scottish migrants, William Dougall (1855-1929)[3] and Mary Dougall (1856-1904), née Mitchell,[4] he was born in Melbourne on 22 May 1884.[5] He married Rita Isobel Ridley (1894-), née Law (under the name "Andrew William Dougall") in South Australia in 1931.[6]

One brother, Lieutenant Norman Dougall (1887-1917) — who attended Geelong College (1898-1902), and served in the First AIF, was also awarded the Military Cross in 1917 ("for conspicuus gallantry and devotion to duty") — was killed in action at Bullecourt on 6 May 1917.[7]

A second brother, Major John Mitchell Dougall (1879-1926), who had served with the 79th Cameron Highlanders in the Boer War, also served in the First AIF.[8][9][10]

Education[edit | edit source]

He attended Geelong College.[11][12][13] He studied at the University of Melbourne for at least one term.[14]

Football[edit | edit source]

He played two First XVIII matches for Carlton Football Club: on 12 July 1902 (round 11), on the wing, against Melbourne, and, in the last of the home-and-away matches for the season, on 2 August 1902 (round 14), in the forward pocket, against Collingwood. He competed as a half-miler for Coburg Harriers for many years.[15]

Military service[edit | edit source]

He enlisted in the First AIF, on 30 August 1914; and, among the first to land at Gallipoli in 25 April 1915, he sustained a bullet wound in his right forearm (he was removed to Cairo for treatment, and rejoined his regiment at Gallipoli on 22 June 1915).[16][17] With the rank of Lieutenant (he was a Temporary Captain), he was awarded the Military Cross in 1919.[18][19]

Death[edit | edit source]

He died in Hilton, South Australia on 11 November 1941. His death notice identified him as "James Davidson".[20]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Holmesby (2009), p.542
  2. Blueseum. Also, his father's will, completed post-war, stated:
    "To my son, Andrew William Dougall (formerly known as Lieut. James Davidson, M.C., 10 Batt., A.I.F.) is left an annuity of £200." (see Hotels were his one hate in life, The (Rockhampton) Evening News, 13 November 1929), p.7.
  3. Deaths: Dougall, The Sydney Morning Herald, (Tuesday, 10 September 1929), p.10.
  4. Deaths: Dougall, The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, (Wednesday, 5 October 1904), p.894.
  5. De Bolfo, Tony, "Carlton War hero Emerges", CarltonFC.com, 15 June 2011.
  6. Rita Isobel Law married Claude Eli Ridley in August 1911; they were divorced in 1930: see Breaking Point, The (Perth) Truth, (Saturday, 26 December 1925), p.8; August Civil List, The West Australian, (Tuesday, 12 August 1930), p.8; Money Went; and then the wife went too, The (Perth) Truth, Sunday, 17 August 1930), p.6; The Law Courts, The West Australian, (Wednesday, 3 December 1930), p.8; and Single Again, The (Perth) Daily News, (Wednesday, 3 December 1930), p.5.
  7. World War I Service Record: Lieutenant Norman Dougall; Discovering Anzacs: Norman Dougall, National Archives of Australia.
  8. World War I Service Record: Major John Mitchell Dougall.
  9. Discovering Anzacs: John Mitchell Dougall, National Archives of Australia.
  10. Obituary: The Late Mr. J. M. Dougall, The Scone Advocate, (Friday, 7 May 1926), p.2.
  11. Football (Geelong Scotch College vs. Haileybury College), The Geelong Advertiser', (Friday, 19 May 1899), p.3; Sporting Intelligence, The Geelong Advertiser', (Wednesday, 31 May 1899), p.2; Geelong College Team: Football Champions Victorian Schools Association, 1900, The Australasian, (Saturday, 29 September 1900, p.31.
  12. Matriculation: Country, The Australasian, (Saturday, 30 December 1899), p.36; Geelong College, The Geelong Advertiser, (Thursday, 13 December 1900), p.3.
  13. Geelong College: Distribution of Prizes, The Geelong Advertiser, (Tuesday, 17 December 1901), p.4.
  14. Results: Chemistry, Part I, The Age, (Saturday, 14 June 1902), p.14.
  15. News and Notes, The Coburg Leader, (Saturday, 4 March 1905), p.1.
  16. World War I Service Record: James Davidson (853), National Archives of Australia.
  17. World War I Nominal Roll; The AIF Project: James Davidson.
  18. Awarded the Military Cross: 2nd Military District, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No.61, (Friday, 23 May 1919), p.888.
  19. Personal, The (Adelaide) Chronicle, (Saturday, 12 January 1918), p.31: note that the newspaper report gives his age as 32 years, rather than 34.
  20. Deaths: Davidson, The (Adelaide) Advertiser, (Wednesday, 12 November 1941), p.14; Funeral Notices: Davidson, The (Adelaide) News, (Tuesday, 12 November 1941), p.6.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2009). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (8th ed.). Seaford, Victoria: BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921496-00-4. 

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