Thursday, 23 September 2010

Pte. Alexander Graham

Alexander Graham, was born in Brora, Clyne, son of George Graham and Christina Sutherland of Doll, Brora.

Alexander was formerly in the Lovat Scouts, Cameron Highlanders.  He was awarded the territorial Efficiency Medal on 1st July 1913.   When he died on 26th June 1917 he was with the 7th Cameron Highlanders and was a Prisoner of War.

Alexander is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Germany.  The cemetery was begun by the Germans in 1915 for the burial of prisoners of war who died at the local camp. During the war almost 3,000 Allied soldiers and civilians, including French, Russian and Commonwealth, were buried there In 1922-23 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Niederzwehren was one of those chosen and in the following four years, more than 1,500 graves were brought into the cemetery from 190 burial grounds in Baden, Bavaria, Hanover, Hesse and Saxony.

He is also commemorated on the Clyne War Memorial.
Many thanks to David Fraser for the above information.