This Photo is from a newspaper clipping, it is of my Great Grandfather Herbert and his first wife and their first born, my great uncle Herbert David Doust.
TOP DURBAN BARBER, BERT DOUST, DIES AT 91
One of Durban's best-known barbers, Mr. Herbert ("Bert") Doust owned the Bay-veiw Hairdressing Salon on the Victoria Embankment and cut hair until his retirement at the age of 87. He sold the business earlier this year. Born in London in 1879, Mr. Doust began his career as a barber's apprentice in London at the age of 10. At the turn of the century he temporarily gave up his career to become a special service Sergeant responsible for shipping Mules from Italy and Spain to the British forces fighting in the South African war. Among those whose hair he cut were General Smuts, general Botha and General Hertzog. During his time in the Orange Free State he unsuccessfully stood for Parliament as a representative of the Labour Party. Keen on sport, He was a boxing champion among the British forces during the South African War and he also played soccer for Tottenham Hotspur. Mr. Doust is survived by his wife, Hilda, his daughter Lily, and three sons, Herbert, Robert and Chris.
Mr. Doust worked in and owned barber's shops in many parts of South Africa, including Durban, Johannesburg and Kroonstad. He was fortunate to have refused a job as barber aboard the ship Waratah which disappeared without a trace off Port St. John's in 1909.
He is my Hero, why did he have to come to this Wartorn country?
I wish he never did.
I wanted to share this family photo of Herbert Doust with the community. Location: Durban, Kzn, South Africa. Date: unknown.
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