Name :-   Robertson, Alexander

Nationality :-   UK

Age :-   38

Rank :-   Guardsman

Number :-  11523

Medal :-

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 :-

1891 Census

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

1901 Census

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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