Fraser, Alexander

Fraser, Alexander (Alex)

Private

No. 15489, 7th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB)

Killed in action on Saturday 25 September 1915 (aged 37)

Buried:

Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, Belgium (Grave V.J.16)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Private A. Fraser, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, was reported in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper where it was stated that he was killed in action in France and that he was a son of John Fraser, ‘formerly of Whitewell and Newtownards’ who had two other sons at the Front.

A report in the Northern Whig provided further details – forename Alex, killed at Loos, his father had moved to England and his two brothers in service were Charles (Royal Engineers) and Harry (Royal Horse Artillery); Alex was a nephew of Mr J. Fraser, 38 Roe Street, Belfast.

In 1911 Joseph Fraser, a stone cutter (born in Scotland) was living at 38 Roe Street with his second wife Mary (born in Co Monaghan) and six Fraser offspring:  Joseph (aged 24), Thomas (born 23 May 1889), Isabella (aged 19), Samuel Moody (aged 17), James Bradley (aged 7) and Winifred May (aged 3), all born in Belfast.

In 1901 Joseph had been living in Annalee Street, Belfast with his first wife Anna (born in Belfast) with four Fraser offspring – Joseph, Thomas, Bella, and Samuel Moody.

Joseph Fraser and Anna Moody were married on 2 June 1884 in St Stephen’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Anna Fraser died of tuberculosis on 5 April 1901 (aged 40).  Joseph Fraser and Mary Jane Draffin were married on 25 December 1901 in St Matthew’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.

Joseph Fraser was a son of Alexander Fraser, a block printer (born in Ireland) and Isabella Fraser.  Joseph was the casualty Alexander Fraser’s uncle, and brother of the casualty Alexander Fraser’s father, John Fraser.  Thus, John Fraser was also a son of Alexander and Isabella Fraser.

Alexander and Isabella Fraser had at least seven children:

Alexander Armour (born around 1842; lived in Belfast when he married Catherine Scott on 24 December 1869 in Argyle Place Presbyterian Church, Belfast)

William (born around 1844; lived in Belfast when he married Agnes Bowden on 1 January 1869 in Argyle Place Presbyterian Church, Belfast; his sister Euphemia was a witness)

Euphemia (born around 1846; lived in Whitewell when she married Thomas McGugan on 24 August 1872 in Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast; her brother Alexander and his wife Catherine were witnesses)

Margaret (born around 1849; lived in Belfast when she married Samuel Brady on 24 December 1869 in Argyle Place Presbyterian Church, Belfast; her sister Euphemia was a witness)

John (born around 1857 in Scotland)

Joseph (born around 1859 in Scotland)

Elizabeth (born around 1861; lived at Whitewell when she married William Greer on 31 December 1886 in Carnmoney Parish Church of Ireland Church)

Their father, Alexander Fraser died from chronic diarrhoea on 30 April 1900 (aged 86) at 32 Shannon Street, Belfast.  his son-in-law, William Greer was with him when he died.

These data confirm the family connection with Whitewell that was reported in the Press after Private Alexander Fraser (No. 15489) was killed.

In 1911 John Fraser, a block cutter for a linoleum manufacturer (aged 53, born in Lanark) was living in Appley Bridge, Wigan with his wife Jane (aged 56, born in Lanark), daughter Lilly (aged 18, born in Newtownards), son Henry Willis (aged 16, born in Manchester), and grandson Roy (born in Lancashire).  John and Jane Fraser had been married for 34 years.  In 1901 John has been living in Appley Lane, Wigan with his wife Jane and six children, Isabella (aged 18), Donald (aged 16), Charles (aged 10), Elizabeth (aged 8), and Henry (aged 6).

John and Jane Fraser (nee Furey, sometimes Fury, Furry, Furrie) were living in Victoria Terrace, Newtownards when Charles Edward was born on 21 April 1890, and when Elizabeth (Lilly) was born on 21 September 1892.

These data confirm the family connection with Newtownards that was reported in the Press after Private Alexander Fraser (No. 15489) was killed.

Private Alexander Fraser (No. 15489) was born at 10.45 pm on 23 May 1878 at 5 Clyde Place, Whiteinch, Partick, and he was a son of John and Jane Fraser (nee Furey) who were married on 1 January 1877 in Whiteinch, in a service after the form of the English Episcopal Church.

When Private Alexander Fraser (No. 15489) died his widow, Ellen Alice Fraser, was named as his sole legatee.  Her address was 43 Sycamore Street, Miles Platting, Manchester.

Alexander Fraser (aged 23) and Ellen Alice Macnamara (aged 24) were married on 29 June 1901 in Christ Church, Church of England Church, Bradford.

In 1911 they were living in Schoolhouse Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, and Alexander’s brother, Charles Edward Fraser was living with them.  Alexander was working as a labourer in a stone quarry.  They had no children.

After Alexander died, Ellen Alice remarried on 17 July 1920, to John Quarton, in Harpurhey, St Stephen, Manchester.