This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: S/8212
- Rank: Sergeant
- 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
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
- Address: 6 Andersons Lane, Lochee
Mrs Neave, 6 Andersons Lane, Lochee
Charles, William and 2 other brothers, names unknown
More about Alexander Ritchie
Alexander Ritchie’s real name was Alexander Ritchie Neave, but for reasons unknown served as Alexander Ritchie.
Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. He 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
LOCHEE GORDON KILLED
AFTER NINETEEN MONTHS AT THE FRONT.
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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