Colville, Alexander (No. 240686)

Colville, Alexander

Military Medal


No. 240686, 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

Died of wounds on Saturday 21 September 1918 (aged 23)


Sunken Road Cemetery, France (Grave II. D. 24)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church)


Alexander Colville was born on 18 June 1895 in the townland of Ballyhaskin, Carrowdore and he was baptised in Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church).

Alexander Colville was a son of Margaret (Maggie) Colville who was born in Greyabbey, Co Down and worked as a seamstress

In 1901 Alexander Colville and his mother Maggie lived with Maggie’s parents, James and Mary Colville in the townland of Ballyhaskin, Carrowdore.  Then in his 70s, James Colville was an Army Pensioner who had served in the Royal Artillery.

Both James and Mary Colville were born in Clough, Co Antrim.

Alexander Colville was a nephew of Francis and Bessie Colville of Ballyhaskin, Carrowdore.

Alexander Colville’s grandmother, Mary Colville, died on 22 August 1904 (aged 70) and his mother Maggie died of a gastric ulcer in Ballyhaskin on 6 July 1906 (aged 32).  Alexander’s grandfather, James Colville, died on 24 August 1911 (aged 77).

Before the Great War Alexander Colville worked as an agricultural labourer and he moved to Scotland.  He enlisted in Dalmellington, Ayrshire, served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry.

Sergeant Alexander Colville (No. 240688) was 23 when he died of wounds on 21 September 1918 and he was buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, France.

Sergeant Alexander Colville (No. 240688) is commemorated in Carrowdore Parish Church of Ireland Church (Christ Church).