Douglas, Cedric Stuart

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Cedric Stuart Douglas was born on 16 December 1890 in East Farnham, Quebec. He was the son of William James and Susan (Pearson) Douglas. He received his BA in 1914 from McGill University, then qualified as a teacher and French specialist and taught in Sutton. In 1916-1917, he was principal at Danville Academy where Marjorie Todd Bridgette was a teacher. In December 1917, he passed an army medical examination, reporting for duty at the end of the school year in July 1918. Attestation Papers induct #2522776 Gunner Cedric S. Douglas in to the 79th Battery Canadian Field Artillery (C.F.A). His battalion, by now the Second Canadian Tank Battalion, sailed from Quebec City on 5 October 1918. En route the Spanish Flu broke out and on arrival in England, everyone was hospitalized until after the Armistice. In England, waiting to be sent home, Cedric was made a Sergeant and taught at Khaki College.

Cedric eventually returned from England and was discharged on 30 July 1919. He had already secured the position of Principal at Cowansville Academy, and promptly wrote to Miss Bridgette, arranged to visit Birchton and in October proposed. Cedric and Marjorie Todd Bridgette were married 3 July 1920. Together they had two children: John Creighton and Robert Keith.

During the 1930s Great Depression, Cedric was Principal at several schools in different parts of the Province, but when Creighton entered McGill, he found a teaching position at Westmount High School in Montreal. At home in Sutton, he ran a small printing business, and after retirement, taught at St. Helen's School in Dunham. Cedric died in Sutton, Quebec on 26 June 1968.


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