Thomas Dougall was born in England in 1897 but was a labourer residing in Guelph when he enlisted as a private in October 1914. By 1917, Dougall had been promoted to sergeant. In February of that year, he earned the Military Cross and the French Medaille Militaire “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He made two valuable daylight reconnaissances into houses in no man’s land and discovered machine gun emplacements, dugouts and tunnels, as well as two trench mortar emplacements, upon which he was able to direct our artillery fire with great success.”
In addition to being decorated, Dougall was promoted to lieutenant. A few months later, on Aug. 19, he died from shrapnel wounds. Dougall was 19 years old.
Note that this summary may actually refer to a series of actions carried out in mid-July 1917. The 18th Battalion War Diary records on July 22nd, 1917:
“During this tour LIEUT. T.R. DOUGALL rendered valuable service and obtained valuable information by making 3 daring reconnaissances among the buildings in NO MNS LAND. At M.19.a.70.00 and N.18.104.22.168 he searched these houses and German dugouts in the vicinity. 2 of these reconnaissances were made during daylight and from information gained he was able to direct artillery fire on T.M. [trench mortar] emplacements.”
When in charge of a military operation in the vicinity of Lens on August 17th, 1917, he was fatally wound by enemy shrapnel in the back. He succumbed to his wounds to days later at No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station.