Bromley War Memorial

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Norman Shellibeer Doust

24/12/1889 - 20/06/1918
Norman Shellibeer Doust
Source: Dulwich College
CWGC Cemetery: Boscombe Cemetery
Other Memorials: St Mary's Church, Shortlands, Shortlands War Memorial, Dulwich College

Place of birth: Lewisham, Kent
Last known address in Bromley: 150 Bromley Road

Military information

Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
Rank: Private
Number: 21490

Family information

Parents: Charles H & Laura Doust (nee House)
Parents' occupation: Colonial Commission Agent
Siblings: Charles Bowden
Relatives on War Memorial: DOUST, C.B.

Census information

Address: 68 Ellerdale Street, Lewisham
Address: Rydal Road, Streatham
Address: Inglehurst, Bromley Road, Shortlands
Occupation: Colonial buyer's assistant

Extra details

Norman and Charles were the only children of Charles Henry and Laura Doust. Charles attended Dulwich College from September 1900 to December 1903 and Norman from January 1903 to April 1905, prior to this they both attended Dulwich College Preparatory School.

On leaving Dulwich Norman went with a French woollen manufacturing firm to Paris for three years followed by a year in New York at a Commercial House. He returned to London in 1912 to work in his father's business.

On the declaration of war, along with his older brother, he enlisted in the London Rifle Brigade and they went to Flanders on 4th November 1914, both being wounded the follow¬ing May in the second Battle of Ypres. Charles was hit in the head with shrapnel but Norman was later reported suffering from lockjaw owing to shock and strain, they were brought back to England, Charles was sent to a hospital in Birmingham, and Norman to one in Bristol.

Returning to his regiment Norman refused a commission but transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 4th March 1916 and went again to the front about 10th July 1916. At the end of June 1917 he reported sick and was sent to hospital in France and was at first treated for bronchitis, but later pulmonary tuberculosis being suspected he was sent home to England to the hospital at Denmark Hill where the complaint was unfortunately confirmed. He received his discharge on 7th August 1917.

He passed away at a private sanatorium at Southbourne on 20th June 1918, and was buried in Boscombe Cemetery.

Thank you to Dulwich College for their assistance.

Additional photographs

Source: St Mary
Source: St Mary's Shortlands Book of Remembrance

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