Brodie, Douglas Edward


Captain Douglas Edward Brodie was born on August 27th 1873 – son of Hugh Fife Ashley Brodie of Brodie Castle, Forres and Lady Eleanor Brodie, and one of three Wykehamist brothers, one of whom, Captain Alastair William Matthew Brodie (Seaforth Highlanders: I 1885-1889) died in the Boer War; and the other, Ronald Hugh Brodie (I 1886-1889) was twice wounded, won the MC and survived the war.   Douglas Brodie entered Turner’s House from Summerfields, Oxford, became a Commoner Prefect in 1892 and played in O.T.H. XV.

In 1897 he joined the British South Africa Company in London and for the next eighteen years was closely connected with development work in South Africa, being appointed successively Joint Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the Company. He also acted as Joint Secretary to the Rhodes Trust and for a time as Secretary to the Rhodesia and Mashonaland Railway Company and the African Trans-Continental Telegraph Company. His work brought him into association with Mr. Cecil Rhodes, Sir Alfred Beit, Sir Starr Jameson, Earl Grey and other distinguished South Africa pioneers.

He was released at his own request from the Company’s service in June 1915 and obtained a commission in the Cameron Highlanders, being promoted to Captain shortly before his death. He fell in action on August 18th, 1916, while serving with the 2nd Battalion.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Brodie
  • Forenames or initials: Douglas Edward
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1887-1892
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Cameron Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 27th August 1873
  • Date of Death: 18th August 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL: Grave XI. C. 12.