Private Alexander Harvey

Private Alexander Harvey, 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action in France on 16th May 1915  during the Battle of Festubert, aged 23. He was the son of Andrew Harvey, Ayton Law, Ayton and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Bethune, France. 2nd Gordons were part ot the 7th Division which was a Regular Army Formation. The Battle opened on 15th May after a heavy artillery bombardment which failed to significantly damage the German defences. Some progress was made but Festubert was not captured until 25th May ( An advance of 2 miles costing over 16,000 casualties including the 7th Division’s 4,000 ).

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