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  cap badgeLance Corporal Alexander (Sandy) Brown

5th (Service) Battalion Cameron Highlanders "C" Company
Service No: S/10213

Alexander (Sandy) Brown grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Jessie K Brown of 43 Whifflet St, Coatbridge. Alexander had 5 brothers also serving. Private William Brown of the 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders was Killed in Action at Loos on the 25/09/1915, Robert (RGA), Charles (RGA), Daniel (RFA) and Richard of the RAMC who was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for distinguished conduct on the battlefield while acting as a stretcher bearer. Alexanders brother-in-law Private Cree escaped from Germany and arrived home in Coatbridge in April 1917. From the 1901 Census - Address - 67 Nimmos Rows, Holytown - William Brown aged 57, Jessie Brown aged 43, Richard Brown aged 19, Alice Brown aged 17, William Brown aged 16, James Brown aged 14, Isabella Brown aged 12, Robert Brown aged 10, Charles Brown aged 7, Alexander Brown aged 4, Daniel Brown aged 2 and Henry Brown aged 1 month. Alexander's Pension was awarded to his mother Jessie on the 22/01/1918.

Born / Resided

Dalserf / Larkhall / 43 Whifflet St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action 09/04/1917 by an enemy shell at the First Battle of the Scarpe (First day of the Battle of Arras)


Bowhill, Fife


Miner in Rosehall Colliery.



Buried / Remembered

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery (XV. N. 16), Souchez, Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Situated between two war cemeteries, one French and the other German, Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery lies south of the town of Souchez in France. The cemetery contains more than 7,650 burials of servicemen of the British Empire in the First World War, over half of which remain unidentified. Cabaret Rouge was a small café, its brick building with red tiles was distinctive in the village where most of the houses were thatched. It stood less than a mile south of Souchez and was destroyed by heavy shelling in May 1915. The cemetery contains the graves of many units that served in this sector including British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Indian and South African forces

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived in Boulogne on the 10/05/1915 and were part of the 26th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. Alexander was killed when an enemy shell burst among his platoon during an advance at Arras (First Battle of the Scarpe). The Arras offensive 1917 (Battle of Arras) : 9 April -16 June 1917: the Arras offensive. Once again the British are called upon to launch an attack in support to a larger French offensive: the battles of the Chemin des Dames and the hills of Champagne. The opening Battle of Vimy and the First Battle of the Scarpe are very encouraging, but once again the offensive – often known as the Battle of Arras – bogs down into an attritional slog. Final attempts to outflank the German lines at Bullecourt prove terribly costly. See Directory for Alexander's brother William's page. See Newspaper clippings Coatbridge Express (2) and (3) for a message from Lieutenant MacGillivray to Alexander's mother. He was Reburied in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery (see photos x 2). See Newspaper clippings x 5 for more information of Alexander and this patriotic family (clipping Coatbridge Express 1 for information on Alexander's brother-in-law Private Cree, Coatbridge Leader for information on Alexander's brother Richard). Also remembered on the Coatbridge Free Church Roll of Honour. Alexander and his brother William both named on the Bowhill War Memorial (see photos, pic of names to follow). See photos for Alexander's Medal Index Card, for the North Lanarkshire Poor Law Applications and Registers 1885-1915, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his CWGC Grave Registrations x 2, his Reburial Forms x 2, his Headstone Reports x 2, Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge and Alexander's Pension Records x 2. Alexander's grave inscription reads "STILL TO MEMORIES DEAR".

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