2nd December 1915 Thursday
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Douglas Charles Murray Page was 21 years old. The First World War had been raging for nearly eighteen months and like so many young men the young Douglas, later known to his family as “Di”, had signed up to defend King and Country. Only a few miles across the Channel in Flanders British troops in their thousands had been fighting.
During 1915, though still relatively young, he had completed his exams and qualified at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, as well as the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
At the time Douglas was on leave from the R.A.M.C Training Centre at Tweseldown Camp near Farnham in Surrey. He was at home at 22 Alva Street, Edinburgh where his father practised as a dentist when he received a telegram from the Commandant. It said, “Return at once Urgent.”
Douglas packed his things and headed to Haymarket Station, thence to Waverley Station to board the next train for the long journey south.
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