- Late 20th century (Creation)
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Douglas Pluck was born and raised in Suffolk, and worked as a chartered surveyor. He served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in the Second World War, becoming Instructor-in-Gunnery at the School of Artillery, Central Mediterranean Forces, Italy. After the war Douglas was in private practice as a surveyor in Norfolk, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. He was an active member of the British Legion and was awarded their Golden Badge in 1984.
Douglas became interested in wind and watermills in 1958, and was a life member of both the SPAB Mills Section (serving on the committee from 1979 to 1988) and TIMS, and a member of the Association for Industrial Archaeology. On retiring in 1983 he moved to Harleston, Norfolk. Here he joined the Suffolk Mills Group and began to research the watermills of the River Waveney. The results of this study were published in 1994 as The River Waveney, its Watermills and Navigation.
Douglas married Sheila and they had a son and a daughter. He died on 18 September 1994.
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