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Alexander Phillips Macmillan
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 16973
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
- Unit/Ship: 13th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 19
- Date of Death: 22.10.1917
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux
- Grave/Mem Ref no: I.D.20
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 48 Hilltown, Dundee
- Occupation: Calender Worker, Harry Walker & Sons, Dundee
Elizabeth Macmillan (nee Phillips), 48 Hilltown, Dundee
Hugh Macmillan, 48 Hilltown, Dundee
Elizabeth, born 1903, James, born 06.07.1907, Helen, born Feb 1911 & John, born Aug 1912
More about Alexander Phillips Macmillan
Alexander served as “Alexander Phillips” and was the son of Mr & Mrs Hugh Macmillan, 48 Hilltown, Dundee. His father served with the Royal Flying Corps during the war and returned home safely.
Alex MacMillan 16973 Royal Scots
GALLANT DUNDEE BOY FALLS IN ACTION.
Although only nineteen years of age, Pte. Alex MacMillan, of the Royal Scots who was killed in action on Sunday, 21st ult., had been on active service in France for two and a half years. When war broke out, young MacMillan gained admission to the army by overstating his age, and remained firm in his determination to stick to the service, although he might easily have had it otherwise. “No, mother ; I want to go.” he said when it was suggested he was too young to enlist. The gallant lad was the eldest son of Mrs Macmillan, 48 Hilltown, Dundee, and prior to enlistment he was a calender worker in the employment of Harry Walker & Sons, Ltd.
Sympathetic letters have been received by Mrs MacMillan from her deceased son’s regiment. His company officer states that Pte. Macmillan was on sentry duty in the front line, and was instantaneously killed by a shell exploding on the parapet in front of him. His platoon corporal wrote :–“Sandy was a very cheery chap, and very well liked by everyone. We miss him very much.”
Dundee Courier 8th November 1917
Alexander Phillips 16973 Royal Scots
MACMILLAN―Killed in action on 22nd October 1917, Private Alexander Phillips Macmillan, Royal Scots, eldest son of Hugh Macmillan, Ireland, and of Mrs Macmillan, Hilltown, aged 19 years. – Inserted by his cousins, the Phillips family, 49 Ann Street, and Mrs Macmillan, 48 Hilltown.
Dundee People’s Journal 15th December 1917
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell, additional information and image very kindly supplied by Patricia Maguire
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