Alexander Ritchie Neave

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: S/8212
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 05.09.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Pier & Face 15B & 15C

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
  • Address: 6 Andersons Lane, Lochee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Mrs Neave, 6 Andersons Lane, Lochee

  • Father:
  • Siblings:

    Charles, William and 2 other brothers (names unknown)

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Alexander Ritchie Neave

There is no A. R. Neave, 8212, of the Gordon Highlanders recorded on either the C.W.G.C. or S.D.G.W. databases, although their is a photo of him in the Peoples Journal War Memorial Supplement, published May 16, 1925 (see attached).

Regimental Number 8212, was allocated to Sgt Alexander Ritchie (born Lochee, Dundee) of the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action 05.09.1916. (Believe this to be the same man)

Alexander was the brother of Pte William Neave, 8815, 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who was killed in action, 08.09.1914.

Alex Ritchie Neave   S/8212   Gordon Highlanders



Five stalwart sons of Mrs Neave, 6 Anderson’s Lane, Lochee, rushed to the colours immediately on the outbreak of hostilities.  Two have been killed, and three still remain in the service.

Mrs Neave has just received intimation of the death in action of her son, Sergt. Alex Ritchie Neave, after nineteen months’ service at the front.  The deceased soldier, who was 24 years of age, was serving with the Gordon Highlanders.

Writing to Mrs Neave a comrade of the fallen hero states :–“Alex fell in the last fight we had.  He was one of the best-liked lads in the battalion, and never shirked his duty.”

Private William Neave, his brother, was killed in the battle of Mons, while Charles, another brother, has been wounded four times, and is at present in Aberdeen, where he is acting as a drill instructor.

Dundee Courier 18th September 1916

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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