Private Alexander Graham


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Reference WMO/275387

Address:

Parish Church

Stoneykirk

DG9 9DG

Scotland

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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Addition to Gravestone
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Unknown
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Addition to family gravestone. Wigtownshire Free Press (23 January 1919) reported: Mr William Graham, Cairnhandy, Ardwell, has been informed by the War Office that his son, Pte Alex Graham, 1/5th RSF, formerly reported missing, was killed on 1st October last during action in France. Enlisting in July 1915 Pte Graham had served over two years in Egypt, and lately been transferred to France. He had not long returned to the front after a short run home on his only leave. He was in his 24th year. Before joining the Army, Pte Graham had been over five years in the employment of Mr John Fisher, Barnsallie, Glenluce. His eldest brother John joined the army in Western Australia, and was with the Australians at their first terrible landing on Gallipoli. No further news has ever been received of him, and it is feared he was either drowned or killed then. On 16 May 2014 this headstone could not be found. According to the survey carried out by the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society in the 1970's it is located close to that of Pte Slaven (see above). This is in a particularly overgrown part of the cemetery and some of the stones are damaged.
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Erected by William Graham in loving memory of his wife Jeannie Muir who died at High Ardwell 8th Jan 1914 aged 42 years. Also their son Pte Alexander Graham killed in action in France 1st October 1918 aged 24 years. Also his son Douglas Kelly Graham who died 2nd May 1921 aged 17 years. Also the above William Graham who died 2nd October 1924 aged 56 years. Also his mother Annie Graham who died at Dhuloch Mains, Kirkcolm 31st July 1889 aged 44 years.

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