Alexander FYFE

Regiment:               King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, 4th
                               formerly Royal Scots, 12th Btn.  

Rank & Number:    
Lieutenant; formerly Private 43354 (RS)  

12 February 1877; Argyle Place, Rothesay,

Died:                       18 October 1961; Rosslynlee Hospital,


ALEXANDER FYFE was born 12 Feb 1877 in 13 Argyle Place, Rothesay, Bute, to parents Thomas, a ship carpenter, and Janet McNair (who were married in Fairlie on 4 Nov 1861).  He died of a cerebral haemorrhage in Rosslynlee Hospital, Midlothian on 18 Oct 1961 (aged 84, widower, ret. draper, of 14 Orchardhead Road, Edinburgh)  

He married Janet Duncan Anderson in Edinburgh in 1924  

In the 1881 Census, Alexander, aged 4, is living Rothesay with parents Thomas (43, b. Fairlie, boat hirer, 17 boats) and Janet (42, b. Fairlie) and siblings  

In the 1891 Census, aged 14 and an apprentice draper, he is living 15 Argyle Place, Rothesay with parents Thomas (59, shipwright boathirer) and Janet (52) and siblings Elizabeth, Rosabel and John H  

In the 1901 Census, his parents Thomas (63, shipwright) and Janet (62) are living Fernbrae, Fairlie, but Alexander and his siblings are not in the household  

In the 1940-41 Edinburgh & Leigh Post Office Directory, Alexander is living at 14 Orchardhead Road, Liberton.


16 Feb 1916        Enlisted Royal Scots (aged 39y 3d; draper;Cumbrae View, Fairlie)
7 Sep 1916Posted France
1 Apr 1917Posted Officer Cadet Unit 
25 Sep 1917Commissioned 2nd Lt. 4th R. Lancs;
16 Mar 1919Promoted Lt.. 
8 Apr 1919Disembodied

On 11 Apr 1918 he was blown up by a shell in France, hospitalised, and sent back to England suffering debility, nervousness and fatigue.  He received the British War and Victory medals.  

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

14 April 1917 
Sergeant Alex. Fyfe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fyfe, Cumbrae View, arrived home at the end of last week from the Arras front, where he has been for some time.  He has been selected for a cadetship with a view to promotion to commissioned rank.  Sergeant Fyfe went to France fully eight months ago and during that time has seen considerable fighting.  In spite of the discomforts of trench life, we are glad to see him looking so fit.

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