Alexander, Robert Campbell
No. 77081, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)
Killed in action on Saturday 3 June 1916 (aged 31)
No known grave
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 18-28-30)
Holywood and District War Memorial
Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)
Robert Campbell Alexander was born on 16 May 1885 at 214 Renwick Place, Belfast; at attestation he declared that he was born on 16 May 1886.
Robert Campbell Alexander was the only son of James Kane Alexander and Elizabeth Rebecca Alexander (nee Logan, born in Gortin, Co Tyrone) who were married on 23 June 1880 in Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church Belfast. James Alexander of 68 Nelson Street, Belfast was a ‘Chief Officer of Ship’ and he was a son of Edwin Alexander, a clerk. Elizabeth Logan of 183 Sandy Row, Belfast was a daughter of John Logan, a revenue officer.
James and Elizabeth Alexander (nee Logan) had four children:
Elizabeth Pauline (born 27 August 1881 at 183 Bedford Terrace, Belfast; her father was at sea)
Margaret McFarland (born 2 November 1882 at 39 McClure Street, Belfast)
Robert Campbell (born 16 May 1885 at 214 Renwick Place, Belfast)
Adelaide (born 4 April 1890 in Church View, Holywood; died of whooping cough 3 September 1894 in Shamrock Cottage, Holywood)
Their father James died sometime before 1901.
Their mother Elizabeth lived in at least four different addresses in Belfast: 214 Renwick Place; Old Park Avenue; Baltic Avenue and 39 Orient Gardens and in at least one address in Holywood: 4 Roland Place.
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.
Robert Campbell Alexander 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 died on 3 June 1916 during an Allied advance when he was killed by enemy machine-gun fire.
Lance Corporal Robert Campbell Alexander has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).