Private Alexander Brown

Private Alexander Brown, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in France , aged 19, on the 30th January 1917. He had been born in Selkirk in 1897 and was the son of John and the late Isabella Brown of Pingrove, Selkirk and Commercial Street, Leith and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. His father had been the Church Officer in the West U.F. Church in Selkirk. Before enlisting he had been employed as an apprentice butcher in Selkirk. He joined his Battalion at Gallipoli in October 1915 and went with them to France in March 1916 where he was wounded. He then served with the 7th/8th K.O.S.B. before re-joining his old Battalion. At that time the Battalion was holding front line trenches in the Le Transloy sector on the Somme and there were 50 Other Rank casualties from shellfire.

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