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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Dougan, Roland Hamill

Cadet Roland Hamill Dougan
was born 19th February 1897 at 40 Carlisle Street, Belfast to James Alexander Dugan, bread-server and Susan Dugan nee Hamill.  The surname is spelt Dugan on the birth registration with Dougan being crossed out.

In 1901 Roland was living in house 40, Carlisle Street, Court Ward, Belfast with his parents and a brother Earnest.

By 1911 the family had moved to house 9, Albert Terrace, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.  A further 3 siblings were in the house, Delia, Kenneth and Lina.

On Ulster Day, 28th September 1912, Dougan signed the Ulster Covenant at the Town Hall, Coleraine giving his address as Coleraine.

Dougan would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1914 aged around 17.  His father signed the Bankers Indemnity for him.  At later dates, his mother, brother and one other were recorded in the ledger.

BBCo Bankers Indemnity Ledger - R H Dougan

On 19th October 1914 Roland enlisted into the RAF as a Clerk.  He records his fathers address as 14 Ferryquay Street, Londonderry. 

RAF Airmen Records - R H Dougan - page 1

RAF Airmen Records - R H Dougan - page 2

A month later Roland was transferred to 247 Squadron RAF,  The BBCo record his rank as a Cadet.  Wiki records this about the squadron:

"No. 247 Squadron was first formed in World War I on 20 August 1918 by the amalgamation of No. 336 and 337 Flights of the Royal Naval Air Service.  The squadron was equipped with Felixstowe F2A flying boats and its role was reconnaissance and anti-submarine work in the North Sea.  With the cessation of hostilities, the squadron was disbanded on 22 January 1919."

Roland was transferred to RAF Reserves on 21st February 1919.  He had served 4 months in the Great War.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Dougan returned to work in Head Office and Rathfriland.

BBCo Head Office, 2 Waring Street, Belfast

Belfast Banking Company, Rathfriland

Roland died on 8th March 1956.  PRONI Wills Calendar record:

"Dougan Roland Hamill of 64 Downpatrick Street Rathfriland county Down bank official died 8 March 1956 Probate Belfast 15 June to Vera Hamilton Dougan the widow. Effects £2402 3s. 1d."

Also see Howard Kennedy Harris who joined the RAF at the same time as Roland Dougan.

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