Private Alexander Paxton

Private Alexander Paxton, 1st/8th ( Territorial ) Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  He was killed in action in France on the 29th July 1918 aged 24. He had been born in Oxnam, Roxburghshire and before enlisting in 1914 he had been employed as a ploughman at Swinton Quarter. He is buried in the Senlis French National Cemetery where his Headstone is inscribed ” He Was A Brave Soldier And Loved By All who Knew Him”. The Battalion was part of the 152nd Brigade in the 51st ( Highland ) Division and after the War an impressive Memorial was raised in its commemoration. It was erected over looking “Y” Ravine on the Somme which was taken after the Division stormed the strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel on the 13th November 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. A Plaque on the Memorial reads in both English and Gaelic ” Friends Are Good On the Day Of Battle”.

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