Private Alexander Douglas M.M.

Private Alexander Anderson Douglas, M.M., 5th Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in Normandy on 19th August 1944, aged 33. He had been born in Yarrow, Selkirkshire and was the son of Frank and Catherine Douglas, Crookston South Mains, Heriot, Stow and is buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” From The Rising Of The Sun Until The Setting Of The Same We Will Remember Him”. He had been awarded his Military Medal in Sicily for conspicuous gallantry. The official account told that on the 18th/19th July 1943 at Sterre he had lain on an open road with his Bren Gun for the whole night and part of the next day even after being attacked by a tank and sprayed with fire. His courage and tenacity were an inspiration to his platoon  and enabled them to hold their small bridgehead in enemy lines. The photos show Scottish troops in Normandy.

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