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  cap badgePrivate Alexander Mitchell

12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 1895

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Margaret Mitchell of 6e Douglas St, Coatbridge. Husband of Agnes Mitchell (07/05/1895- ) of 162h Main St, Coatbridge. Father of Agnes born 17/10/1914. Alexander's younger brother Private Joseph Mitchell of the 10th/11th Highland Light Infantry was in hospital wounded at the time of his death. He died of his wounds on the 03/11/1916 just over 2 months after Alexander fell. From the 1901 Census - Address - 280 Hilltown, Dundee - John Mitchell aged 29, Maggie Campbell Mitchell aged 28, William John C Mitchell aged 8, Alexander Mitchell aged 6, Joseph Mitchell aged 3. Alexander's Pension was awarded to his wife Agnes on the 06/03/1917. Daughter Agnes also listed.

Born / Resided

Dundee / 162h Main St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 28/08/1916

Enlisted

Coatbridge 10/11/1914

Employed

Clyde Tube Works

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Bazentin-le-Petit Communal Cemetery Extension (J. 1), France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Bazentin was in German hands until 14 July 1916 when the 3rd and 7th Divisions captured the two villages (and the communal cemetery) and held them against counter-attacks, and the 21st Division captured Bazentin-le-Petit Wood. The ground was lost in April 1918 during the great German advance but recaptured on the following 25 August by the 38th (Welsh) Division. The COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION was begun immediately after the capture of the village and used until December 1916 as a front-line cemetery. It was enlarged after the Armistice when 50 graves were brought in from the battlefields of Bazentin and Contalmaison. It contains 185 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 53 of the burials are unidentified and 59 (mainly of the 1st Northamptons) destroyed by shell fire are now represented by special memorials. One British soldier was reburied in this cemetery from Sailly-Laurette German Cemetery.

Additional Information

See Directory for Alexander's younger brother Joseph's page. Also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour and on the Dundee Roll of Honour with his brother. For some reason Alexander and his brother were NOT on the original Roll of Honour but are listed here - https://www.greatwardundee.com/roll-of-honour/search/a-z/?alpha=m#results .See photos for Alexander's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, another photo of Alexander's grave, Bazentin-le-Petit Communal Cemetery Extension, Alexander's Pension Records x 2 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge.

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