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- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 6503
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 30
- Date of Death: 11.11.1914
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 38 to 40
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
- Address: 19 Kirk Street, Lochee.
- Occupation: Batcher, Cox Brothers, Lochee
More about Alexander Rennie
Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.
PATRIOTIC LOCHEE FAMILY. Mrs Young, 19 Kirk Street, Lochee, has four sons, two sons-in-law, and a grandson serving with the colours – a record to be proud of. Another son was killed in the South African war. The sons are – (1) Lieut. George Young, 8th Transvaal Scottish; (2) Private James Young, 2d K.O.S.B; (3) Private John Young, 1st Black Watch (who was killed at Magersfontein); (4) Private David Young, 1st Black Watch; and (5) Private William Young, 2d Black Watch, while sons-in-law are (6) Private William M’Kay, 4th Black Watch, and (7) Private Alexander Rennie 1st Camerons, who was reported killed on 11th November, although no official notification has been received to the effect. The grandson is George Young, a third engineer in the Fleet. The Evening Telegraph and Post, Thursday, 27 May 1915, 4
A LOCHEE WIFE’S ANXIETY.
Mrs A. Rennie, 19 Kirk Street, Lochee, is in a state of great suspense as to the fate of her husband, Private A. Rennie (6503), of the 1st Cameron Highlanders. In a letter from a brother-in-law Private Rennie was reported killed on 11th November, but no official intimation of her husband’s death has ever been received by Mrs Rennie. Several letters to the war office have not resulted in definite information being forthcoming. Probably some member of the regiment may be in a position to throw light on the perplexing situation.
Dundee Courier 20th May 1915
John Rennie 9891 Royal Scots Fusiliers (Cameron Highlanders)
LOCHEE MAN IN CAMERONS IS KILLED.
A Lochee Cameron Highlander has given his life for his country.
The brave Highlander was John Rennie, whose home was at 19 Kirk Street, Lochee. The news came from his brother-in-law, who is also at the front. Writing home to his wife, the brother-in-law stated that he had been speaking to one of Rennie’s chums, who told him that “Rennie had gone down.”
No official information has yet been received from the War Office, and inquiry has been made to that Department.
Rennie, who was only 30 years of age, was a reservist, and was called up at the commencement of the war. He was employed in the batching department at Cox Brothers, Ltd., Lochee.
He was married only a year ago, and leaves a widow and child.
Dundee Courier 29th September 1914
Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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