Alexander Ritchie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: S/8212
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service Occupation:
  • 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, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Jane Neave, 6 Andersons Lane, Lochee, Dundee

  • Father:
  • Siblings:

    Charles, William and 2 other brothers, names unknown

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

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



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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