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Lance Corporal Alexander Robert Taylor

2nd Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: 7485

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Family Information

Alexanders stepmother wrote for news of him

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 7 Dixon Terrace, Calder

Died

Killed in Action 21/04/1915 by shellfire

Enlisted

Glasgow 1906

Employed

British Tube Works

Age

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Buried / Remembered

Railway Dugouts Burial Ground ( Transport Farm ), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The commune of Zillebeke contains many Commonwealth cemeteries as the front line trenches ran through it during the greater part of the First World War. Railway Dugouts Cemetery is 2 Kms west of Zillebeke village, where the railway runs on an embankment overlooking a small farmstead, which was known to the troops as Transport Farm. The site of the cemetery was screened by slightly rising ground to the east, and burials began there in April 1915. They continued until the Armistice, especially in 1916 and 1917, when Advanced Dressing Stations were placed in the dugouts and the farm. They were made in small groups, without any definite arrangement and in the summer of 1917 a considerable number were obliterated by shell fire before they could be marked. The names "Railway Dugouts" and "Transport Farm" were both used for the cemetery. At the time of the Armistice, more than 1,700 graves in the cemetery were known and marked. Other graves were then brought in from the battlefields and small cemeteries in the vicinity, and a number of the known graves destroyed by artillery fire were specially commemorated. The cemetery contains 2,459 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 430 of the burials are unidentified and 261 casualties are represented by special memorials. Other special memorials record the names of 72 casualties buried in Valley Cottages and Transport Farm Annexe Cemeteries whose graves were destroyed in later fighting.

Additional Information

THIS IS THE ONLY MATCH FOR ALEXANDER. Listed as ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS on the Memorial. Alexander was Killed in Action by shellfire . He died during a failed attempt by the British to capture the tactically significant Hill 60 which was 3 miles south of Ypres and overlooked the British positions.

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