Douglas H Jeffery (1917-2009) was born in Gillingham, Kent, but his parents, Ada May Elizabeth and Harold Walter Jeffery were from Somerset. The H in his name comes from Hannaford, his morther's maiden name.
Having worked for Kodak, Jeffery became interested in photography and started taking photographs in the early 1940s, using a plate camera. He had photographed productions at the Richmond Park open-air theatre for a local paper in Kingston upon Thames, where he attended school. He also photographed weddings and horse races.
He was known as a good friend to his fellow photographers. Photographer Graham Brandon, who often worked at the same press calls as Jeffery, noted, that Jeffery, also known as "Dougie" used to co-ordinate the press calls on behalf of all the photographers. Venues would liaise with Jeffery to ensure that press calls did not overlap and he would distribute schedules to all other photographers. Brandon further acknowledged that unlike other photographers, Jeffery would also go to fringe venues. Jeffery also took pictures of the press calls itself (e.g. directors and other photographers) as well as taking informal portraits of theatre practitioners and playwrights.
Jeffery made all of his own tools for fixing his camera, often made his own chemicals and he develped the films himself. Bu the late 1980s, picture editors grew unhappy with his technical style and later on were annoyed by his refusal to adopt digital photography. In 1994, Jeffery was hit by a passing car and the recovery period caused less photoorders from publishers.
Douglas H Jeffery never married. He died in London in 2009.