8 June 1930 – 5 December 2017
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Doug Mottram on 5th December 2017. Doug was originally from Lincolnshire but spent most of his adult life in Cambridgeshire. He began shooting over 70 years ago and known to many for his passion and enthusiasm for shooting and for his tireless efforts to develop the sport he loved both locally and nationally. Doug served on a total of nine different committees at Club, County and National level and was the driving force behind the acquisition and development of the Cambridgeshire County Outdoor Range near Peterborough.
After leaving the Army, Doug joined Cambridge Constabulary in 1954, quickly rising to the rank of Chief Inspector in the traffic division. Towards the end of his Police career and driven by his ever abiding passion for shooting and the shooting sports Doug became head of the Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department for Cambridgeshire, a position he held until his retirement.
Doug shot for the old Johnson and Mathey Rifle Club in Cambridge many years ago but most recently he was Chairman of Shelford Rifle Club. He was Secretary and treasurer of Cambridge Police Sports Rifle Club, a member of the Army Target Shooting Club and a member of the Cambs Police sports club (shooting section) from 1954 becoming Secretary of that club in 1957, a post he held until his passing, some 60years in office. Doug Shot for the Police Sport UK at a very high level and was (inevitably) involved in its administration.
Doug was very proud to be a member of the Centipede Club and attended the Scottish and Bisley National Meetings, the latter for some 62 years, this beating the record held jointly by Ernie Spiritie and Major Peter Martin MBE by one year.
For the Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association he served as Chairman for many years but most recently was elected President, which he regarded a great honour and was also trustee of the Association’s outdoor range, NSRA and Eastern Region representative on the committee. Doug was a founder member of the Eastern Region Association, where he was Secretary until Oct 2017 but remained its Treasurer.
Doug was a member of the NSRA’s Shooting Council and Special Awards Committee.
He was elected to membership of the Centipede Club in 1984 and served on its Committee.
Doug was a County Coach and did many YPS courses for Scout leaders. He was awarded the NSRA Silver Medal for his services to shooting.
Doug leaves behind his loving wife Barbara, daughter Wendy, son-in-law John, two grandsons and four great-grandchildren. His funeral took place on the 22nd December at Cambridge Crematorium and was attended by over 200 people who travelled from all over the Country to pay their last respects to a man who will be greatly missed by so many. Barbara and family would like to thank everyone for their cards, kind words and for coming to bid Doug goodbye.
Rest in peace, our dear friend.