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Douthwaite of the Double Dragon
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Douthwaite of the Double Dragon is an account of a life spent for man and God. The book is based partly on academic research but principally on a collection of letters from the Douthwaite family archive. These give intimate glimpses of life in a missionary household, and allow us to share some of Douthwaite's hopes and doubts, joys and sorrows. After an unhappy childhood and misspent youth, Douthwaite was converted to Christianity and went to China as a medical missionary. After four years as a pioneering evangelist, Douthwaite was appointed to be the first superintendent of the Chefoo mission. He was a strong advocate for using service to the native population as a means of promoting Christianity, and his skills as an administrator were invaluable in developing medical and educational services. His premature death from dysentery at the age of 51 prevented him from achieving greater things.
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John D Owen, John trained to be a doctor at Cambridge and London, and then went into general practice in Colchester in 1960. He married Pat Aitken in 1959, and they had three children, all of whom have developed successful careers in the business world. After thirty three years in practice, John retired and he and Pat began to enjoy travelling, making several journeys across Europe and to the Himalayas. In 1999, John became interested in family history, which led to him uncover the story of Dr Arthur Douthwaite, who was a distant relative of his mother. Besides family history, John retains a keen interest in travel, hill walking, golf and gardening Diana Constance Morgan. Diana Morgan is the grand daughter of Dr Arthur Douthwaite. Her mother, Isabel, was born in Chefoo in 1893, and was the third daughter of Dr Douthwaite's wife, Constance. Diana was born in Bristol in 1922, and after an orthodox education, she was sent to Germany to study the language. She was still there at the outbreak of World War II, from where she narrowly escaped before the frontiers were sealed. On her return to England, Diana joined the WRNS, and thanks to her knowledge of German, she rose rapidly through the ranks to gain a commission, and spent the war years monitoring the transmissions between the German E-boats in the Channel. Diana had not long been in the WRNS before she met James Morgan, RNVR. who she married as soon as the war was over. James joined the Commonwealth Office and was posted to Nigeria, where he served for ten years as a civil servant in the trade department, while Diana worked on some hush-hush activity in Government House. After Nigeria achieved independence, James got a job in Germany for two years before settling down to work in the City, while Diana concentrated on bringing up her two sons, and pursuing her lifelong interest in astronomy, and in particular in the mysteries of Outer Space, while maintaining an interest in her grandparents' extraordinary stories.

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