Alexander, Robert Campbell No. 77081

Alexander, Robert Campbell

Lance Corporal

No. 77081, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Killed in action on Saturday 3 June 1916 (aged 31)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 18-28-30)

Holywood and District War Memorial

Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)

Born 16 May 1885 in Belfast (at attestation he declared 16 May 1886)

Only son of James and Elizabeth Alexander (nee Logan, born Gortin, Co Tyrone) who were married on 23 June 1880

His father James died before 1901

His mother lived at four different addresses in Belfast:  214 Renwick Place; Old Park Avenue; Baltic Avenue and 39 Orient Gardens and one in Holywood:  4 Roland Place

James Alexander was a sailor and he and Elizabeth had four children:

Elizabeth Pauline (born 27 August 1881)

Margaret (born 2 November 1882)

Robert Campbell (born 16 May 1885)

Adelaide (born 4 April 1890, died 3 September 1894)

Robert Campbell Alexander attended Sullivan Upper School in Holywood and in 1901, aged 15, he worked as a shopkeeper’s clerk.

Around 1907, aged 21, he moved to Canada where he spent six years in Vancouver and three in Victoria, British Columbia working as a surveyor.

He enlisted on 10 November 1914 in Victoria and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 9 inches tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

In June 1916 the death of Robert Campbell Alexander was reported in the Newtownards Chronicle.  The report stated that Lance Corporal Robert Campbell Alexander was wounded in May 1915, he returned to active service and he died on 3 June 1916 during an Allied advance when he was killed by enemy machine-gun fire.