Major Douglas Mitchell

Douglas Mitchell was one of a family of three brothers and one sister, all raised in Guelph, Ontario. Due to the fact the family had a business to run, only two brothers were allowed to enlist in the CEF. A coin toss decided Douglas and his brother Robert would go overseas while their brother John would stay at home and take care of the family business.

Douglas was part of the 34th Battalion when he went overseas on the SS California in October of 1915. Both he and Robert were wounded during the war, but both returned home. Unfortunately Robert died not long after his return, due to war related wounds.

For gallantry in action Douglas won the Military Cross - please see The Letters from his superiors regarding this award and his recovery from the wounds he suffered in battle. He fought with not only the 34rd Battalion, but the 23rd res. Battalion, the 60th Battalion, the 87th Battalion and the Quebec Regimental Depot. Steadily promoted throughout his time in France, Douglas ended the war as a Major.

After the war he worked with Imperial Oil Company as a regional manager in Stratford until 1930. Douglas married Helen Galt, descendant of John Galt, and they had one daughter Helen. When his brother John died Douglas returned to Guelph to run the family business and take care of John's children. He eventually became the General Manager of Guelph Spring and Axle and Dexter Lock of Canada Ltd. In his private life Douglas at times was chairman of the Guelph Hospital board, president of the Guelph skating club, and president of the Guelph Country Club. He was a member of Branch 234 Canadian Legion as well as the Officers' Mess at the Guelph Armoury. Douglas died November the 13th 1956 at the age of 64.

The account was submitted by his great-nephew John Mitchell (Grandson of Doug's brother John).

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