Alex Samson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde Z/634
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Collingwood Bn R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Age at Death: 19
  • Date of Death: 04.06.1915
  • Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
  • Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 8 to 15

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 19.05.1896
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 9 Blackness Ave, Dundee
  • Occupation: Law Clerk, Simpsons & Laverock, Bank St, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Jane Samson (Stepmother)

  • Father:

    George Samson, 9 Blackness Ave, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    James

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Alex Samson

Alex has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Alexander Samson   CZ/634   Collingwood Bn   R.N.D.

Missing, assumed killed in action 4th June 1915.  Reported killed by Clyde Z/303 AB C. McRae & Clyde Z/387 AB L. Hood; Body reported found 12th July 1915; Born 19th May 1896. A Law Clerk.  At the time of his enlistment he was living with his father, George, at 16 Jedburgh Road, Dundee, Forfarshire.

R.N.D. Data Base

Alexander Samson   CZ/634   Collingwood Bn Royal Naval Division

DUNDEE R.N.D. MAN KILLED.

A.B. Alexander Samson, Collingwood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, who after being posted as missing since June 4, is now officially reported killed.

A.B. Samson is a son of Mr George Samson, 9 Blackness Avenue, Dundee.  Prior to enlistment shortly after the outbreak of war he was employed in the office of Messrs Simpson & Laverock, solicitors, Bank Street, Dundee.  He went out to the Dardanelles in May of last year to the Collingwood Battalion, and had only taken part in the fighting for about two weeks when he was reported missing.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 6th March 1916

YOUNG DUNDEE NAVYMAN

IS KILLED IN ACTION.

Official intimation has been received by Mr George Samson, 9 Blackness Avenue, Dundee, that his son A.B. Alexander Samson, Collingwood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, who had been missing since 4th June, was killed in action.

A smart lad of much promise, A.B. Samson, was a law apprentice in the office of Messrs Simpson & Laverock, solicitors, Bank Street, Dundee, and enlisted in the Royal Naval Division shortly after the outbreak of war. He went out to the Dardanelles in May of last year with the Collingwood Battalion, and had only taken part in the fighting for about two weeks when he was reported missing.

Another son of Mr Samson, A.B. James C. Samson is serving in the Royal Naval Division.  He enlisted about the same time as his brother, and was sent to the Drake Battalion, which took part in the fighting at Gallipoli.  He was invalided home suffering from dysentery in October, but has been able to rejoin his battalion.

Dundee Courier 6th March 1916

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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