Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Captain Dougall Blue, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, attached to A Company, 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), died from wounds received two days earlier during the fighting near Fromelles on the Western Front.
The son of a tailor, he graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Master of Arts degree. His first post as a schoolmaster was in Rhodesia, where he organised and commanded the first Cadet Corps in that country, and he also held a commission with the South Rhodesia Volunteers. On his later return to Scotland, he was appointed to the post of Classical Master in the Glasgow High School for Boys, being commissioned into the school’s Officer Training Corps. He then took up a similar position at Hutcheson’s School for Boys, organising a Cadet Corps which was affiliated with 7th Battalion, the Scottish Rifles. He was commissioned as Captain and appointed First Commanding Officer of the Cadet Corps.
At the outbreak of the Great War he was gazetted to 3rd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and on being sent to the Western Front in March of 1915, Captain Blue was attached to the 2nd Battalion as Captain. On the 9th of May he was leading his men in a charge near Fromelles when he was grievously wounded; he was taken to the nearest casualty clearing station but he could not be saved. He is buried in the Merville Communal Cemetery in France.
Dougall, from Kelvinside, Glasgow, was 36 years old and married.