Name :-   Cruickshank, Alexander

Nationality :-   UK

Age :-   27

Rank :-   Lance Corporal

Number :-  89528

Medal :-

Service :-   Army

Regiment / ship :-  76th Field Coy., Royal Engineers

Date of death :-   28th December 1915

Cemetery / Memorial :-   Merville Communal Cemetery, France

Area of cemetery / memorial :-   VI.C.9.

Family information :-   Son of William and Elizabeth Cruickshank, 45 Balmoral Place, Aberdeen

Extra information :-

I'm not sure he had a connection with the district, but the following appeared in the local paper ...

Blairgowrie Advertise 30th October 1915 page 4

" Soldier Succumbs at Aikenhead"

"Private Cruickshanks, Royal Engineers, Alyth died in the Brigade Hospital at Aikenhead, Blairgowrie, from pneumonia, after about a weeks illness.  Deceased leaves a widow and a large family.

The funeral from Aikenhead took place yesterday afternoon to Blairgowrie station, whence the body was taken to Aberdeen to which city the deceased belonged, for interment.  The hearse was proceeded by a number of comrades in arms, and a large Pipe Band with muffled drums, and the rear was brought up by another company of soldiers followed by an officer and a Presbyterian chaplain.  Being the first funeral of the kind in the district, the mournful procession attracted numerous sympathetic spectators as it slowly passed along the streets, the pipers playing "The Land o' the Leal".  Groups of local soldiers respectfully saluted as the cortege passed, and a number of shopkeepers drew their blinds, and closed their premises."