Douglas-Matheson, Alan Angus

He was the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Neal William Douglas-Matheson DSO, MC, of Parkstone, Dorset, and Violet Douglas-Matheson (daughter of Algernon Hodson, of Hove). He came to Kingsgate House in September 1937, and from his early days his ambition was to join the Royal Navy.  He became a House Prefect for his last term  and after leaving Winchester, he spent some weeks teaching before he joined the Fleet Air Arm.

In December 1943, not long after his appointment as Midshipman (A), he met his death as a result of a flying accident over the west coast of Scotland. Douglas-Matheson had been posted to 836 Squadron, based at HMS Shrike, the official name of RNAS Maydown in Northern Ireland. The squadron was equipped with Swordfish aircraft which were operated in small flights from escort carriers – merchant ships converted into small aircraft-carriers for convoy protection.  His aircraft (Swordfish HS454) was taking part in a bombing exercise off Ballochantuy, near Campbeltown, Kintyre, on the west coast of Scotland, when it dived into the sea. All those on board the Swordfish were killed.

He was nineteen years old  and lies in grave 634, division 4, of the Kilkerran Cemetery, Campbeltown.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Douglas-Matheson
  • Forenames or initials: Alan Angus
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1937-1942
  • Rank: Midshipman
  • Regiment: Fleet Air Arm
  • Date of Birth: 2nd September 1924
  • Date of Death: 6th December 1943
  • How Died: Killed on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Kilkerran Cemetery, Campbeltown: Grave 634, Division 4