Alexander, William No. 18/1091

Alexander, William

Rifleman

No. 1091, 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Wednesday 15 August 1917 (aged 19)

Buried: 

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery (Grave V B 6)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church

Brother of Lance Corporal Robert Alexander No. 6251

Born 26 February 1898 in the townland of Cottown, Donaghadee

Second son of James and Isabella (Bella) Alexander (nee Boal) who were married on 22 May 1896 in Second Newtownards Presbyterian Church

Lived in the townland of Cottown, Donaghadee

James Alexander was an agricultural labourer and he and Isabella had at least nine children:

Robert (born 18 August 1896)

William (born 26 February 1898)

Mary (born 7 April 1900)

Rose (born 2 April 1902)

Andrew (born 16 December 1904)

Margaret (Maggie, born 18 September 1907)

Jane (born 13 May 1910)

Isabella (born 29 May 1913, died 10 December 1915)

John (born 20 June 1915)

William Alexander enlisted in Donaghadee and he served with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman William Alexander died after being wounded in the front line on 15 August 1917, the day before the start of the Battle of Langemarck.