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Private Alexander Johnston H Arnott

2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Service No: 8470

Alexander Johnston H Arnott grave

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Family Information

Son of William and Margaret Johnston Arnott. Alexanders older brother Private James Arnott of the 11th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was Killed in Action on the 25/09/1915 at Loos (see index). Alexanders Baptism Record - Name: Alexander Johnston Arnot. Gender: Male. Birth Date: 16 Mar 1883. Baptism Date: 23 Apr 1883. Baptism Place: Free Church, Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland. Father: William Arnot. Mother: Margaret Johnston.

Born / Resided

Railway Cottages, Bath St, Bathgate / 1b Hospital St, Coatbridge and Rawyards, Airdrie

Died

Died of Wounds 25/04/1915

Enlisted

Hamilton

Employed

Rosehall Colliery / Student at the School of Mining

Age

32 / DOB - 16/03/1883

Buried / Remembered

Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, Special Memorial B1, Langemark- Poelkapelle, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Cheddar Villa was the name given by the Army to a farm on the west side of the road from Wieltje to St. Julien. On 25 and 26 April 1915, during the Battle of St. Julien, severe fighting took place in this area and the Commonwealth dead were buried on the spot. The cemetery thus created was called Cheddar Villa Cemetery, but at the request of the Officer Commanding the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders its name was changed in 1922; more than 100 of those buried in the cemetery belonged to that battalion. The cemetery contains 148 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 21 of the burials are unidentified and 19 destroyed by shell fire are represented by special memorials. Row A, Grave 8, and Row B, Grave 1, are collective graves, and the headstones connected with them are placed against the cemetery walls. The names of 23 officers and men of the 2nd Seaforths who fell here, but are not known to be buried in the cemetery, are recorded on a tablet. These casualties are officially commemorated by name on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Additional Information

Alexander was killed in action on 25 April 1915, aged 37, in the battle for St Julien. Alexander wrote 4 letters home to George Murdoch, the Principal of Coatbridge Technical College ( I have copies of these letters and they also can be seen in Les Jenkins folders in Airdrie Library ). Alexanders Memorial inscription reads " THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT ". Also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College Roll of Honour and on the Airdrie War Memorial (see photo). See photos for Alexanders name on the Army Register of Soldiers Effects. Alexanders grave states "BELIEVED TO BE BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY"

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