Alexander Testard

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 7647
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion, 'A' Company
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 29
  • Date of Death: 22.09.1914
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no:

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 27, Fifteenth St, Bowhill, Auchterderran
  • Occupation: Miner, Bowhill Colliery, Fife
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Betsy Hendry French Testard

  • Children:

    Alexander, born 08.01.1912 & John, born 06.04.1914

More about Alexander Testard

Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the La Ferte Memorial.

Alexander Testard   7647   Royal Scots Fusiliers


Mrs Alex. Testard, residing in Fifteenth Street, Bowhill, Auchterderran, received intimation from the War Office yesterday that her husband, Private Alexander Testard, No. 7647 Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action on September 22.  Testard was a reservist, and his time would have expired in a few months.  He was called up when war first broke out, and his last letter to his wife was two days before he was killed, in which he said he was well and getting on admirably.

Both Testard and his wife belong to Dundee.  Mrs Testard’s parents residing at 48 Kemback Street.  They have resided in Auchterderran district for a long time, Testard being employed as a miner at Bowhill Colliery.

He leaves a widow and two young children.

Dundee Courier 15th October 1914

TESTARD___Killed in action, on the 22d Sept, Pte. Alexander Testard, Royal Scots Fusiliers, beloved husband of Betsy French, aged 29 years, resided in Fifteenth Street, Cardenden.

Dundee People’s Journal 24th October 1914


It is a sweet and proper thing, says the Roman poet, to die for one’s country, and such is the only consolation for the afflicted relatives of heroes such as Private Alex. Testard, Royal Scots Fusiliers, who has been killed in action.  He was a reservist, and left his home at 27 Fifteenth Street, Bowhill, at the beginning of the war.  Testard was a native of Dundee, and enlisted there some years ago.  He had many friends there and at Bowhill, who will miss him sorely.

Dundee People’s Journal 7th November 1914

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