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  cap badgePrivate Alexander McGillivray

1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 18764

Alexander McGillivray grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John McGillivray of 100 Sunnyside Rd, Coatbridge. Alexander made a Will leaving all his effects to his father John. Alexander's brother Private James McGillivray (S/9091) of the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 22/04/1916. He served with the ALIAS Private James McRoberts. Alexander and James' Pensions were awarded to their father.

Born / Resided

Carluke / 100 Sunnyside Rd, Coatbridge and High Bonnybridge.


Killed in Action 01/07/1916 Somme




North British Railway Company


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Buried / Remembered

Knightsbridge Cemetery (G. 16), Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery, which is named from a communication trench, was begun at the outset of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It was used by units fighting on that front until the German withdrawal in February 1917 and was used again by fighting units from the end of March to July 1918, when the German advance brought the front line back to the Ancre. After the Armistice, some burials in Rows G, H and J were added when graves were brought in from isolated positions on the battlefields of 1916 and 1918 round Mesnil. Knightsbridge Cemetery contains 548 First World War burials, 141 of them unidentified.

Additional Information

Alexander was Killed in Action on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme along with 14 other men listed on the Memorial. Over 19,000 British soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice on this disastrous 1st day. Alexander's Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at See Directory for Alexander's brother James' page. See photos for Alexander's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, Knightsbridge Cemetery, the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge and Alexander's Pension Record x 3.

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