Alexander Walker Thain

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: September 1915
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 13643
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 14th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Beauchamp, Villers-Plouich
  • Age at Death: 21
  • Date of Death: 24.04.1917
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: III.C.14.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 03.08.1895
  • Place of Birth: 7 Morgan St, Dundee
  • Address: 221 Clepington Road
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Annie Thain nee Walker, 221 Clepington Rd, Dundee

  • Father:

    David Thain, 221 Clepington Rd, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    Agnes (1893-1981)

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

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The family are also recorded as residing at 4 Balgray Pl, Dundee.

Alexander Walker Thain   13643   Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

DUNDEE SOLDIER MAKES SUPREME SACRIFICE.

The sad news has been received by Mr and Mrs David Thain, 201 Clepington Road, that their only son, Lance-Corporal Alexander W. Thain, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, has made the supreme sacrifice.

The news was contained in a letter from a chum, which said that Lance-Corporal Thain, had been killed instantaneously.  He had been a gallant fellow, and was buried in a soldier’s grave.  Deceased was an old High School boy, where he had gained the much coveted medals for art and commercial, and previous to enlistment had served his apprenticeship as a C.A. with Messrs R. G. Thomson & Murdoch, C.A., Reform Street, Dundee.  He joined the colours in September, 1915, and proceeded to the front eleven months ago, where he has seen much severe fighting.

Dundee Courier 3rd May 1917

Additional information kindly supplied by Sheila Jelley, further additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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