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  cap badgeLance Corporal Alexander William Lawrie

9th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: S/4768

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of William Morton Lawrie (22/07/1859-21/03/1928) and Agnes Alexander Lawrie ( /04/1861-1927) of 107 Alexander St, Coatbridge. His father William was an engine fitter and his mother was English born in Liverpool. Alexander was the youngest of 3 brothers, all of whom fell. He also had 4 sisters, one of whom Jeannie (Jane) was a teacher in Coatdyke School. His brothers were Signalman John Lawrie of the Royal Naval Reserve who drowned on the 24/11/1916 and the eldest Private William Lawrie of the 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who Died of Wounds on the 12/10/1916. From 1901 Census - Address - 30 Alexander St, Coatbridge - William Lawrie aged 40, Agnes Lawrie aged 39, Jane Lawrie aged 9 (03/10/1891-1983), William Lawrie aged 7, John Lawrie aged 5, Alexander Lawrie aged 3, Mary Lawrie aged 1 (03/09/1899-1988).

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 107 Alexander St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 31/07/1917 at Frezenburg

Enlisted

Coatbridge 03/09/1914

Employed

Clerk in the Clyde Tube Works

Age

20

Buried / Remembered

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 37), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

All 3 brothers died within 9 months of each other. See Directory for Alexander's brothers John and William's pages. Also see Pension Records for all 3 brothers whose Pensions were awarded to their mother Agnes. Alexander enlisted on the 03/09/1914 and arrived in France on the 14/07/1915. He was posted missing at Frezenburg 17 days later. This was the opening day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). An Officer described Alexander as "a god-fearing lad and a good soldier". The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the Memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery. The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. Also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College, Coatbridge High School, Coats Parish Church and the Stewarts and Lloyds Rolls of Honour (Clyde Tube Works) and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery x 2 (see photos). See photos for Alexander's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial Panel List, the Black Watch Cap Badge and Alexander's Pension Records x 3 (all 3 Lawrie brothers listed).

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