Private Alexander Murray

Private Alexander Murray, 6th Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 23rd April 1917,aged 28, during the Battle of Arras and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was the son of the late Robert and Mary Murray and the husband of Maggie Murray of ” Hillview ” Denholm. He fell in the attack on the German positions near ” Greenland Hill ” The front line trenches were captured but further advance proved impossible due to enfilading machine guns and the captured ground was consolidated. This action cost the Battalion 5 Officers and 25 Other Ranks killed with 4 Officers and 123 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 48 Other Ranks were posted missing. In Great War parlance ” missing ” usually meant killed.

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