Private Alexander Ponton

Private Alexander Ponton, 1st Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. He was a Regular soldier and was killed in action in Belgium during the First Battle of Ypres on 22nd October 1914, aged 31. He was the son of Francis and Mary Ponton of South Renton, Grantshouse and the husband of Elizabeth Renton and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.  He fell during the great German offensive against Ypres which commenced on 22nd October. The Camerons held a weak defensive position near Courtrai but with a gap between them and their neighbours 1st Coldstream Guards. The enemy poured through the gaps  and forced the Camerons to retreat with heavy casualties abandoning Courtrai. General Haig’s military skills managed to stabilise the line by his use of Reserves to bolster weak spots in the defences.  The Battalion was part of the 1st Guards Brigade along with 1st Coldstream Guards, 1st Scots Guards, 1st Black Watch and the London Scottish. ( The  photos show British troops during the Battle.

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