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  cap badgePrivate Alexander Robertson

8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Service No: 44605

Alexander Robertson grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of James Donald Robertson and Helen Wilson Robertson of "Croftnauld," 36 Finlaystone St, Coatbridge. From the 1901 Census - Address - 15d King St, Coatbridge - James D Robertson aged 33, Helen W Robertson aged 23, Alexander Robertson aged 2, James M Robertson aged 7 months.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge /

Died

Killed in Action 30/05/1918

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Union Bank of Scotland, Coatbridge

Age

19 / DOB - -10/07/1898

Buried / Remembered

Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The original British Expeditionary Force crossed the Aisne in August 1914 a few kilometres west of Soissons, and re-crossed it in September a few kilometres east. For the next three and a half years, this part of the front was held by French forces and the city remained within the range of German artillery. At the end of April 1918, five divisions of Commonwealth forces (IX Corps) were posted to the French 6th Army in this sector to rest and refit following the German offensives on the Somme and Lys. Here, at the end of May, they found themselves facing the overwhelming German attack which, despite fierce opposition, pushed the Allies back across the Aisne to the Marne. Having suffered 15,000 fatal casualties, IX Corps was withdrawn from this front in early July, but was replaced by XXII Corps, who took part in the Allied counter attack that had driven back the Germans by early August and recovered the lost ground. The Soissons Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and who have no known grave.

Additional Information

Alexander was an Associate of the Institute of Bankers. He was formerly with the Devonshire Regiment (68340). Also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College and Gartsherrie Churches Rolls of Honour. See photos for Alexander's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Soissons Memorial Panel List, his name on the Soissons Memorial x 2, his former Regiment the Devonshire Regiments Cap Badge and the Gloucestershire Regiments Cap Badge.

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