McGregor, Alexander

Alexander McGregor – Janine (soprano)

Alexander McGregor (left) and relative

Alexander McGregor (left) and relative

Born Alloa Clackmannanshire Scotland (about 5kms east of Stirling)
Enlisted February 1913
Place of enlistment Sauchie Clackmannanshire (lived at 49 Main St Sauchie)
Age at enlistment 18 years and 11 months

Occupation bottle washer

The 1st/7th Battalion Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) was a Territorial unit based in Stirling in 1914, part of the Argyll and Sutherland Highland Brigade, Highland Division.

In December 1914 they left the Highland Division and landed in France on 16 December, joining the 10th Brigade, 4th Division. They were in action in The Second Battle of Ypres [21 April-25 May 1915], briefly amalgamating with 1/9th Battalion from 27th Division before returning to the 10th Brigade. In 1916 they joined the 154th Brigade, 51st Division.

Alexander McGregor - enlistment record (first page)

Alexander McGregor – enlistment record (first page)

They were in action in the Battles of the Somme, including the attacks on High Wood and The Battle of the Ancre, capturing Beaumont Hamel, and taking more than 2000 prisoners. In 1917 they took part in the Arras Offensive, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Menin Road Ridge and the Cambrai Operations. (Main source: The Wartime Memories Project – the Great War)

It was during the Battle of Menin Road that Alexander McGregor was killed.

Alexander’s grave was among those the Army Graves Service was unable to trace after the war, and he is thus commemorated on the panels at Tyne Cot Memorial, Passenchdaele.

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