William McDougall married Agnes Smith on 29 March 1895, Fenwick Road, Kilmaurs. They had 7 children. My MIL Isabella (Isa) Mercer McDougall always said she was the youngest, and she was born in Laurieston on 4 February 1908. Isa had a brother, William, who joined the Army and died in India – thought to have been taken by a crocodile while crossing a river. We can only estimate a year but it certainly was between the wars and we have approximated 1937. I’m willing to take a punt on any of the peacetime years, but 1937 is a start. We can also only estimate William’s year of birth as being pre-1908 because Mum always said she was the baby of the family. However the woman who lived next door to them when my husband was born in 1940 said that William was older than Isa – throwing the date open to speculation. I do not have birth years for any of the other children. How do I go about researching William’s death? For some reason or other I thought that in Scotland military deaths were/are recorded separately from civilian deaths. Military records between the wars seem to be very thin on the ground which is odd because people still marry, become parents and die in peacetime. Those I have looked at (please don’t ask, but they are legion!!) seem to go into hibernation unless there’s some form of hostility in the air. I have just thought of the Scottish census records so will attack those soon to see if I can find anything. Other than the census, are there any suggestions? Please? I will be happy to learn anything at all about this young man.