Doug was born and raised in South Warrnambool in the first half of the last century. After Leaving School, he started a career in local government and spent two years as a junior clerk in the Warrnambool City Council Office. Realising that Office Work was not his forte, he left town to enlist in the Australian Regular Army and undertook officer training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon graduating as a Lieutenant in 1965, just in time to serve in Vietnam in 1966-67 as an officer in an artillery battery, including the battle of Long Tan.
Doug continued his Army Service until 1988, serving in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States until he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His duties included regimental, instructional, intelligence, project management and representational jobs.
Doug is married to Helen, also a native of Warrnambool and a well-qualified nursing sister. They have three children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in WA and NSW. Together they have taken active interests in Legacy, RSL, Presbyterian Church, SEAL, Warrnambool Family History Group and the Warrnambool & District Historical Society.
Doug and Helen have been dealing with the cancer that appeared in Doug’s liver since early 2017. That and the Coronavirus pandemic have necessitated a fairly quiet but nevertheless eventful life for them both. Despite all, they both regard themselves as lucky to remain fit, well, active, independent and in good spirit.