The Quest

Douglas George Jeffrey (1885-1972)
Biographical notes

Lieutenant commander, Navigator and Magnetician
Shackleton - Rowett Expedition Quest 1921-1922


Born 23 September 1885, son of Pastor R Foster Jeffrey, 'Ardlui', Cyprus Park, Bloomfield, (East) Belfast
Attended Campbell College, Belfast: Sept 1898 - Dec 1899

(brother: Leonard James Jeffrey)

Mercantile Marine - 6 years in square-rigged sail
Master's Certificate - served in Passenger, General, Cargo & Tank Steamers
Commanded merchant ships: SS Strathearn, SS Scottish Borderer, SS Scottish Bard, MS Pamir.

Great War (1914 - 1918)
served with RN throughout WWI - Lieut-Commander, RNR

Awarded DSO and Reserve Decoration; Croix de Guerre; Order of White Eagle of Serbia; Order of St George of Russia.

1924 - 1939:
Served with New England Oil Corporation of Boston
Marine Superintendent in USA, Venezuela and West Indies
Lago Petroleum Corporation, Venezuela - Transportation Superintendent
Pantepec Oil Company and Paraguana Maritime Company
Hydrographic Survey of Paraguana Coast and Political Agent in Caracas

On return from South America in March 1928 did newspaper work for New York Times and North American Newspaper Alliance.
Representative of Mohawk Aircraft Corporation for Mid-Western States.
Technical Adviser (Navigation) and lectuirer to Aviation & Transportation Inc, Chicago

Contributed to American magazine Aeronautics and Air Travel News.

Manager, Border Cities Aero Club and 'Dominion' School of Aeronautics, Windsor, Ontario.
Field Engineer and Toronto representative, Border Properties Ltd

Editor, Canadian Air Review.
Staff of Canadian Power Boating
Radio and newspaper freelance, Toronto
Contributed to Sports Weekly, Toronto Saturday Night
Radio talks on CBC network
Columnist, Halifax Chronicle
Columnist and Assistant Editor, Halifax Herald
Department of Northern Development (Ontario), Trans-Canada Highway
Department of National Defence, Canada
Superintendent of Youth Labour Camps

1938: Organising Secretary, Lanark Constituency Unionist Association
address: Damhill Lodge, Corehouse, Lanark

Second World War:
Served in Royal Canadian Navy
Commanded: HM Torpedo Boat 050, HMS Thorn, HMS Chagford (Q ship), HMS Gossamer, HMS Hollyhock, HMS Daffodil, HMCS Renard, HMCS Ville de Quebec, HMCS Hamilton, HMCS Tame, HMCS Lauzon

Staff appointments: 1939-1947

Chief Examination Officer, Halifax, NS
Deputy Senior Officer, Assault Group 'W.1'
Assistant to Staff Officer, 'Q' to East Indies
Naval Control Service Officer, Netherlands East Indies
Canadian Naval Mission, London

Placed on Retirement List RCN (R), March 1947

Died 23 March 1972.


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