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Alexander Strachan Fleming


9585 Sgt

1st Battalion, Black Watch, 1st Infantry Brigade, 1st Division

Age: 31

Date of Death: Killed in action 9.11.14

Buried: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery A.5

Family history: Son of William and Mary Fleming of Glasgow. Husband of Williamina Fleming and father of Margaret born on 15 November 1913. They lived at 9 Victoria Road, Falkirk. He was a reservist and landed in France on 13 August 1914 with his Battalion. His wife was awarded a pension of 16/- per week on 7 June 1915.

The action leading to his death

This action occurred during the First Battle of Ypres. One company and two platoons of the battalion were sent to Inverness Copse, a wood located on the Menin Road. It was the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders who gave the wood its name and it soon appeared on British trench maps.

(Linesman map)


‘B’ company and two platoons of ‘A’ company, the whole only ninety strong, were sent to assist the French Zouaves and the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who had been driven back into the wood following a German break through north of the Menin Road. This locality was afterwards known as Inverness Copse. They were not required as the North Lancashire Regiment had reoccupied the greater part of the ground which had been lost. ‘B’ company and the two platoons of ‘A’ strengthened their line and helped to fill up gaps caused by the earlier attack. The War Diary records that there was heavy shelling throughout the day on the 9th November with Battalion casualties being 5 killed and 5 wounded.

Medals Awarded:

1914 Star with Clasp, The British War Medal, Victory Medal

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