Alexander Guthrie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Captain
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Defence Corps
  • Unit/Ship: 35th Protection Company
  • Place of Death: Aberdeen
  • Age at Death: 52
  • Date of Death: 29.12.1916
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Dundee Western Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: 9.49.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 2 Clarendon Tce, Dundee
  • Occupation: J. & A. Guthrie, Seabraes Mill, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Elizabeth Guthrie

  • Father:

    James Guthrie

  • Siblings:


  • Spouse:

    Isabella Nicoll Guthrie, “Pine Grove” Dundee

  • Children:

    3 Daughters

More about Alexander Guthrie

Alexander’s death was recorded as “sickness”.

Alexander Guthrie   Captain   Royal Defence Corps

At Aberdeen, Captain Alexander Guthrie, Royal Defence Corps, was fined 25s for failing to draw the blind of his bedroom in the Palace Hotel, where he resided, on the night of September 8.

Arthur Allan Ryan, the manager of the hotel, was charged in connection with the same offence, and the question arose as to which of the two was responsible.  Captain Guthrie said he was not in the room from 7.25 p.m. till 9.25, when he went upstairs after dinner, and then the light was up and the blinds were not drawn.

The Sheriff found the charge against Captain Guthrie proved, and that against the hotel manager not proved.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 27th September 1916



The death has occurred suddenly at Aberdeen of Captain Alexander Guthrie, Royal Defence Corps, a member of the firm of Messrs J. & A. Guthrie, jute spinners, Seabrae Mill, Dundee.

Deceased, who was an old Volunteer, desired to give his services to his country although he was over military age, and shortly after the outbreak of war he obtained a commission as captain in the National Reserve, which is now known as the Royal Defence Corps.  He was seized with illness on Friday afternoon while on duty, and although everything possible was done he passed away about five hours later.

Captain Guthrie, who was 52 years of age, was a son of the late Mr James Guthrie, of Broughty Ferry, and was educated at Dundee High School and Craigmount, Edinburgh.  When quite a young man he entered into partnership with his brother, Mr Jas. Guthrie, Hopepark, West Ferry, in the management of Seabraes Mill.  Mr Guthrie was an elder of St Peter’s U. F. Church, and took a great interest in the Royal Institution for the Blind, of which he was a Director.

He is survived by a widow and three daughters, who reside at 2 Clarendon Terrace, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 1st January 1917

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell. Grave marker image courtesy of Rigdunn,

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