Private Alexander Borthwick

Private Alexander Borthwick, 1st/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell in an attack on the German positions in ” Bow Trench ” and ” Sunken Road ”  The attack was partially successful and two lines of German trenches were captured. As usual the cost was very high. 4 Officers and 40 Other Ranks were killed and 7 Officers and 219 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 74 Other Ranks were posted missing ( In Great War parlance this usually meant dead ).


Alexander Born 7th March 1888 in Berwick on Tweed.He was a Postman. His father was James and his mother was Eleanor Wilson.

They lived in the Greenses part of Berwick on Tweed.  His father was a fisherman His mother was born in Holy Island

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