William John Alcorn

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 200435
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st/4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 21
  • Date of Death: 14.10.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: XI.A.7.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 2 Blackness Rd, Dundee
  • Occupation: Queen Victoria Works, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    W. Alcorn

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More about William John Alcorn

 

200435 L.-Cpl. William Alcorn, 4/5th Black Watch, was one of a number of local men killed in action on 14 October 1916.
‘Wee Willie’ was lodging with Mrs Traynor, 2 Blackness Road, when he enlisted.
He was reported missing but his body was evidently recovered, and he is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France.

“AN INTENSE ARTILLERY BOMBARDMENT.” Lance-Corporal William Alcorn, of the Black Watch, is reported missing, and a letter has been received from a comrade by Mrs Traynor, 2 Blackness Road, Dundee, with whom Lance-Corporal Alcorn resided. The writer says: – “It is with a sad heart that I have to tell you wee Willie Alcorn is missing. Our company were in a battle on the 14th, and he was seen to fall with a bad wound on the shoulder after he had gone about twenty yards forward from our trench, but no one saw anything of him after that. I am afraid that in the intense artillery bombardment that went on he must have been struck by a shell. If any news of him comes in we will let you know at once, but I fear I can hold out no hope. He was a dear laddie.”
Lance-Corporal Alcorn, who was about 23 years of age, was formerly employed in Queen Victoria Works. The Courier, Monday, 30 October 1916, 4.

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