Alexander Linn

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: S/43164
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 9th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 24
  • Date of Death: 29/03/1917
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: II.M.6.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Montrose
  • Address: 19 Craigie Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Jute Preparer, Manhattan Works, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Jane Linn, 13 Wolseley St, Dundee

  • Father:

    James Linn

  • Siblings:

    David ,William 

    Jessie, Annie, Jemima, Flora, Andrew, Isabella & George.

  • Spouse:

    Helen C. Linn, 19 James St, Dundee

  • Children:

    William, died 25.03.1917, aged 2 years

More about Alexander Linn

Alexander was the brother of Pte David Linn, 142042, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry & Leading Seaman William Linn, Clyde Z/3969, Royal Naval Division, both brothers returned home safely.

S-43164 Pte. Alexander Linn, 9th Black Watch, was killed in action on 29 March 1917, aged 24.
The son of Mrs Linn, 19 James Street, Dundee, he was born in Montrose and had been employed as a jute preparer in Manhattan Works before the war.
Linn was a well-known junior footballer with North End. A brother had played with Dundee Hibernian.
Pte. Alexander Linn is buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France, II. M. 6.DUNDEE FOOTBALLER KILLED. Official intimation has been received by Mrs Linn, 19 James Street, Dundee, that her husband, Private Alexander Linn, Black Watch, was killed in action on 29th March. Private Linn, who was 24 years of age, had been in the army about two years. He had been employed as a jute preparer by Frank Stewart Sandeman & Sons, Manhattan Works, Dundee, and was well know in junior football circles, having played for North End. The deceased has two brothers serving with the colours. One of them, Private W. Linn, is also a well-known footballer, having played for Dundee Hibs. The Courier, Wednesday, 11 April 1917, 3.


14 April 1917                   Dundee People’s Journal

For Their Country.

Linn. – Killed in action, on 29th March 1917, Private Alexander Linn, Black Watch, aged 24, third son of Mr and Mrs James Linn, 13 Wolseley St., Dundee – deeply regretted.

But now dear brother, your pains are o’er,

In France you lie at rest;

But aching hearts you’ve left behind,

No one but God knows best.

Inserted by his sister and brother-in-law, Private Robert Allardice and Mrs Allardice, 12 Wolseley Street.

In the bloom of his life death claimed him,

In the pride of his manhood days;

None knew him but to love him,

None mentioned his name but with praise.

Inserted by his sister and brother-in-law, Mr and Mrs William Mason, 13 Wolseley Street.

Additional information kindly supplied by Andrew Boyd.

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