Name :- Robertson, Alexander
Nationality :- UK
Age :- 38
Rank :- Guardsman
Number :- 11523
Service :- Army
Regiment / ship :- 2nd Bn., Scots Guards
Date of death :- 18th December 1914
Cemetery / Memorial :- Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium
Area of cemetery / memorial :- Panel 1
Family information :- Son of Charles Robertson and Isabella Fleming Robertson
Extra information :-
Duntrune, Dundee, Angus
Charles Robertson, 42, ag lab, b. Mortlach, Banff
Isabell Robertson, 41, b. Kirkden, Forfar
Rebecca Robertson, daughter, 10, scholar, b. Barry, Forfar
Stewart Robertson, son, 7, scholar, b. Barry, Forfar
Joseph A Robertson, son, scholar, b. Carmyllie, Forfar
George Robertson, son, 1, b. Monikie, Forfar
Cowbakie, Leuchars, Fife
Isabella Robertson, head, 51, b. Mains of Gairn, Forfarshire
Joseph Robertson, son, 14, hind (farm worker), b. Carmylie, Forfarshire
George Robertson, son, 11, scholar, b. Monikie, Forfarshire
William Robertson, son, 6, scholar, b. Meavwes, Forfarshire
In the Blairgowrie Advertiser 13th February 1915 is the following..
"Blairgowrie Woman Loses One of Her Four Soldier Sons
Information has been received that Private Alexander Robertson, of the Scots Guards, whose mother, Mrs. Charles Robertson, resides at 40c William Street, Blairgowrie, was killed in action 18th December 1914. Private Robertson served through the South African War and had completed his stipulated period in the Reserve, but volunteered for service at the outbreak of war, previous to which he was employed as a miner in Dunfermline district. He is survived by a widow and family.
Three of the deceased soldier's brothers are also on active service - George and William in the Black Watch, and Stuart in the Scots Guards."
A Military History of Perthshire 1899 - 1902
Pte. Robertson, Alexander, (Alyth). Enlisted 1884. Transferred to Reserve 1891. Served in South African War as Reservist 1900 (Queen's medal, with clasps "Cape Colony," and "Wittenbergen").
I can find no indication of the other brothers serving during this time, but there is an entry for a Charles S. Robertson (Blairgowrie). Is this their father, Charles? This Charles also enlisted in the Black Watch.
"Enlisted 1897. Served in South African War 1901 - 1902 (Queen's medal, with clasps "Transvaal," "Orange Free State," "South Africa 1901," and "South Africa 1902). Still serving.
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