Alexander Philip

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: November 1914
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 200781
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 7th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 20
  • Date of Death: 26/03/1918
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Arras Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Bay 6.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 20 Parker Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Yarn Dresser, Gilroy & Son, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    George Philip, 20 Parker St, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Alexander Philip

Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the Arras Memorial.

Enlisted When 16.

Pte. Alex Philips, Black Watch, second eldest son of Private George Philips, Royal Defence Corps, and of Mrs Philips, 20 Parker Street, Dundee, has been killed in action.  Private Philips was 20 years of age, and enlisted in November, 1914, when he was only 16 years of age.  He had been at the front for ten months.  Prior to joining the forces deceased was employed as a yarn dresser with Gilroy, Sons, & Company, Ltd., Tay Works.  An officer, writing to his mother, states :- “Your son fell fighting a great fight, and I trust his heroic death may console you in some little way for your great loss.”

Dundee Courier 19th April 1918

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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