This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a Boy Steward from East London in the Merchant Navy, a member of the 9th Black Watch from Perth and two brothers, born in Dublin who were in the Durham Light Infantry and the Border Regiment. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Herbert Alfred Thomas Scott – Merchant Navy Identification © The National Archives

S.S. Lusitania

Herbert was born in Poplar, East London. It appears that he lied about his age and joined the Merchant Navy in 1915 and went on to serve aboard the S.S. Lusitania a collier vessel as a Boy Steward. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Badge of the Durham Light Infantry.

Professional Soldier

Louis Alcock was born in Dublin in 1887 to a father who was in the military. He joined the Durham Light Infantry in 1903 when he was underage and was to serve as a Professional Soldier. He left the service in 1911 where he was to become a Policeman until the outbreak of war in 1914, when he was to return to service and transfer to France in September of the same year. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Grave of Thomas Kerr and his widow- © Kerr Family

Perth Dyer

Thomas Kerr, was born in the city of Perth, Scotland in 1888, where he was educated and brought-up and where he was to find employment as a Dyer in the local Dye Works. He was to serve in the Great War as a member of the 9th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) until September 1917 when he was tragically killed in a working party. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Alexander Francis Alcock – © Nottingham Evening Post

Kruiseik Hill

Alexander Francis Alcock was born in Ireland to a father who was in the military and a mother local to Ireland. As a Professional Soldier in the 2nd Border Regiment having joined in 1902, Sergeant Drummer Alexander Alcock was one of the first to be sent to the British Expeditionary Force. In October 1914, his unit was facing the enemy at Kruiseik, Belgium. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Published by The Moon's a Balloon

I am based in the north of Scotland in the small village of Aberlour. Having served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the 1980's, I have a keen interest in military history, in particular the stories of those who served. I was a remote volunteer for the Imperial War Museum website www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org, however that centenary project has now finished and I felt the need to continue with my research and hopefully it will be of interest to others.

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