Major Alexander Usher

Major Alexander Balmer Usher, Mentioned in Despatches, 1st Lothian and Border Horse, Royal Armoured Corps. He died from wounds in France, aged 38, on the 18th June 1940. He had been born in Kelso and was the son of Sir Robert and Lady Usher of Wells, Hobkirk. He had been commissioned into the Territorial 19th Armoured Car Coy. ( Lothian and Borders Yeomanry ) in July 1921. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1923, Captain in 1931 and Major in 1938. In France he commanded “C” Squadron who were attached to the 51st ( Highland ) Division at St Valery. He was mortally wounded whilst repelling a German attack and is buried in St Valery-En- Caux Franco British Cemetery, France where his Headstone is inscribed ” Ever Near Us, Though Unseen, Dear Immortal Spirits Tread, There are No Dead”. In 1940 the Regiment operated the 3 man Vickers Mark V1 Light tank which was poorly armoured and poorly armed.

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