Private Alexander Paxton

Private Alexander Paxton, 1st/8th ( Argyllshire )Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He died of wounds in the 63rd Casualty Clearing Station near Senlis in France on 29th July 1918, aged 24, and is buried in Senlis French National Cemetery, Oise, France. He had been born at Oxnam Neuk,lived in Duns, Berwickshire and had enlisted in Berwick-upon-Tweed. The photograph shows the Memorial erected to the 51st (Highland) Division in which the Battalion was part of the 154th Brigade. It was erected in Newfoundland Park on the Somme overlooking “Y” Ravine which was captured when the Division stormed and captured the very strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel on 13th November 1916. A plaque in Gaelic on the Memorial reads ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle “.

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