Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.


Born: 23rd February 1918, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Died: 6th May 1941; age: 23 years, 2 months & 13 days. Killed in an Air Raid at Bawsdey, Suffolk.

Killed in doorway while helping others into pill box under fire. Shell entered pill box killing Ralph Kenneth Warren (Royal Air Force Volunteer Regiment)

Residence: 41, Arlington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Previously tried to enlist: 1939.

Enlistment Details: Date: 18th October 1940; Age: 22; Occupation: Radio Operator; Religion: Anglican. Next of Kin: mother – Mrs W.J.L. Paul, of 562, Maclaren Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Height: 5ft 6 1/2ins, fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. Scar at base of spine from operation for Spina Bifida. Weakness of muscles of right side of face from having been frozen 5 years before. Hobbies & pastimes: swimming, canoeing, boating, hunting & fishing.


Rank: Leading Aircraftman; Service Number: R.74343.

Regiment: Royal Canadian Air Force.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of W.J. Leslie Paul and of Georgina C. Paul (nee Van Exan), of Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.




1921   80, Irving, Dalhousie, Carelton, Ontario, Canada.


Douglas was 3 years old and living with his mother, siblings at the home of his maternal grandfather & aunt.

John Eagleton Van Exan, 68, a Civil Servant, born Walford, Leeds Grenville, Ontario, Canada.

Charlotte May Van Exan, 29, a Stereographer – Office, born Ontario, Canada.

Georgina Corbett Paul (nee Van Exan), 32, born Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Helen Marguerite Paul, 8, attending public school, born Smiths Falls.

Jessie Gwendolyn Paul, 6, attending kindergarten, born Smiths Falls.

The family spoke English, were Anglican, and could read & write.


Douglas’s father was William John Leslie Paul, born September 1888, Perth, Ontario, Canada – died October 1918, Smiths Falls, Ontario, of Spanish Flu Pneumonia – 6 days.


Douglas attended:

Osgoode Street, Public School, Ottawa – September 1924 – June 1930.

York Street, Public School, Ottawa – September 1930 – June 1932.

Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa (Principal, J.J. Dunlop) – September 1932 – March 1934 – Matriculation Subjects.

Radio College of Canada, Toronto, Ontario – September 1939 – May 1946. Douglas had a personal loan of C$560 from a friend for tuition at school.

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