This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
John Alexander Strachan
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Aldershot
- Service no: S/3380
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion,
- Place of Death: Iraq
- Age at Death: 23
- Date of Death: 22.04.1916
- Burial Country: Iraq
- Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: XVII.F.8.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Forfar
- Address: 1 Annfield Street, Dundee
- Occupation: Ploughman
Margaret Strachan, 1 Annfield St, Dundee
James Strachan, Carse Barracks, Forfar
More about John Alexander Strachan
John was the brother of Pte Lindsay Strachan, 200991, 4/5th Battalion Black Watch, who was killed in action, 27.09.1917. John was listed on the original Dundee Roll of Honour, where as Lindsay was not.
John Strachan S/3380 Black Watch
DUNDEE MAN FALLS IN ACTION.
ENEMY POSITION ASSAULTED UNDER HEAVY FIRE.
Intimation has been received that Private John Strachan, Black Watch, eldest son of Mr James Strachan, 1 Annfield Street, Dundee, was killed in action on the 22nd April. Deceased, who was 23 years of age, was previous to enlistment employed as a ploughman on Mains of Castle Huntly, Longforgan. He joined shortly after the outbreak of war, and had been at the front for fourteen months.
On a previous occasion he was wounded in the shoulder. A letter from the chaplain states that Private Strachan was killed during an assault by his regiment on an enemy position under heavy fire. Another brother, Lindsay Strachan, is also at the front with the Black Watch. He was wounded some time ago, but is again in the fighting line.
Dundee Courier 19th July 1916
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