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Gordon Reuben Alexander

Born:
1885
Died:
2 Iyyar 5677 (24 April 1917)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
ALE9278
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1885

Death

Date of death:
2 Iyyar 5677 (24 April 1917)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Villers-Plouich
Cause of death:
Killed in Action
Burial place:
Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich

Places

Addresses

Family home:
44 Earlsfield Court Square (1917)

Schools

Name:
Harrow School

Other Organisations

Name:
Corinthian Yacht Clun
Name:
Felixstowe Golf Club
Name:
Coombe Golf Club
Name:
Sword Club
Significance:
Represented Britain in Foil at the 1908 Olympics in Stockholm
Name:
London Stock Exchange
Significance:
Member
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Letter to his father from an officer (from Harrow War Memorials text)

It is with the keenest personal sorrow that I learn of the death of your
son, whom we affectionately called * Togo.' If it be any consolation to you, you may know that he died the death of a hero and deserved the V.C. You will probably have learnt that he with a small party was in danger from a hostile machine-gun. He rushed at it, captured it, and accepted the surrender of the team. He then swung the gun round and fired on the enemy. He was supported by his men, but seeing one lying
wounded in the open, he went out to fetch him. He reached his objective, but was immediately killed by shell-fire. It can truly be said of him that he gave his life for others. He was a man absolutely without fear, who commanded the affections and respect of his Company to such an extent that I think, without hesitation, every man would cheerfully have died for him

Letter to his father from his Sergeant (from Harrow War Memorials text)

I am sure it would help you in your grief if you could hear how well
the men speak of him. I was greeted with the words, 'Sergeant, your old
pal Alec is gone,' and tears stood in eyes that were quite unused to them.

Letter to his father from an officer (from Harrow War Memorials text)

" Alexander did most marvellous work in the battle, and people say
everywhere that he is worthy of the V.C."

Family

Siblings

Constance Alexander (female)

Parents

Father: James Alexander (male)
Mother: Florence Alexander (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Date discharged/death:
24 April 1917
Rank at discharge/death:
Second Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Fusiliers
Battalion/unit:
10th Battalion
Regiment:
Royal Sussex Regiment
Battalion/unit:
14th Battalion
Posting:
Villers-Plouiche

Roll of Honour

G. R. ALEXANDER, 24 April 1917

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:
24/04/1917
Age:
31
Regiment / service:
attd. 13th Bn., East Surrey Regiment
Cemetery:
Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-plouich
Grave reference:
IV. I. 12.
Additional information:

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Stock Broker
Date started:
1908
Date left:
1914
Organisation:
J.M. Alexander & Co

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