Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-PM's Brother Dies

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ex-PM's Brother Dies

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The brother of former Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home has died at the age of 85.

Edward Charles Douglas-Home(ok), of Farmhouse, Westnewton, Wooler, Northumberland, was the brother of Sir Alec, Conservative Prime Minister from 1963 to 1964.

He was the son of Sir Charles Cospatrick Archibald Douglas-Home, the 13th Earl of Home, and Lady Lillian Lambton, daughter of the 4th Earl of Durham.

One of seven children, Mr Douglas-Home left school to study at Oxford University, but in 1940 when he was just 20 years old, he left university to fight in the Second World War as an officer in the Far East.

In 1941 his unit was captured in Singapore by the Japanese and he was held as a prisoner of war along the infamous Thai-Burma railway for three and a half years.

He is believed never to have spoken of that time to any of his family right up to his death last Friday.

Mr Douglas-Home returned to the family home in Hirsel, Coldstream, on the Scottish Borders, in October 1945 suffering from malaria and dysentry and spent the winter months there recuperating. …

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