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Alexander HARPER

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Surname: HARPER

Forename(s): Alexander

Place of Birth: Wick, Caithness, Scotland

Service No: 16143

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 'B' Coy 38th Battalion

Division: 38th (Welsh) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1918-08-24

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. C. 2.

CWGC Cemetery: OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Alexander Harper was the son of Alexander and ( - ) Harper, of Willow Bank, Wick, Caithness.

A wreath laid at the temporary shrine at the top of Skipton High Street read: In loving memory of Lance-Corporal Alex Harper, M.G.C., killed in action August 24th, 1918, from his pal Arthur, M.G.C., Grantham, and all at 21 Brook Street. ('Craven Herald' 8 August 1919).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Alexander Harper, S/5209, Sea. Highrs; 16143, M.G.C. Theatre of War first served in: 1 [France]. Date of entry therein: 18.2.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte A/L/Cpl Alexander Harper, S/5209, Sea. Hrs.; 16143, M.G.C. K. in A. 24.8.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: A/L/Cpl Alexander Harper, 16143, 38th Btn M.G.C. Date and Place of Death: 24.8.18. K. in A. France or Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister - Mrs. Marjorie C. Burgess. £40 5s. 0d.

Early in 1918 Machine Gun Battalions were formed. This was done by bringing 4 Machine Gun Companies together to form a battalion. The battalion then took the number of their Division.

Alexander is commemorated on the Wick War Memorial.

Data Source: Craven Herald Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 38th (Welsh) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 38th (Welsh) Division

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HARPER

Forename(s): Alexander

Born: Wick, Caithness

Residence:

Enlisted: Wick

Number: 16143

Rank: Private

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

Battalion: (Infantry)

Decorations:

Died Date: 24/08/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly S/5209, Seaforth High.

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: HARPER

Forename(s): A

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16143

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Unit: "B" Coy. 38th Bn.

Age: 21

Awards:

Died Date: 24/08/1918

Additional Information: Son of Alexander Harper, of Willow Bank, Wick, Caithness. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS)

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Ovillers Military Cemetery

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