Private Alex Duncan Reekie.15/1876

Private Alex Duncan Reekie.15/1876

Born Gateshead, Northumberland. 1899

Alex Duncan Reekie was born in Gateshead, whilst his parents Joseph Duncan and Elizabeth Reekie with older brothers and a sister were staying with his mothers sister Jane and her husband Robert Young of Gateshead, Northumberland, they also adopted him after his parents along with his brothers and sister travelled back to Scotland to look for work.
In 1907 Alex’s Family moved from Scotland to Dewsbury in Yorkshire where they all found employment labouring in the Garment dying and finishing trade at a Local Curtain mill, a short time later Alex was reunited with his family in Dewsbury and continued his education at the local school. He left school in 1912 to work in the same dye works. He enlisted underage (16 years old) in early 1915 joining the Pals at Colsterdale, after service in Egypt and France he was transferred to the 1st battalion
With whom he served with until his discharge on the 18th of March 1919.

His eldest brother Joseph, serving with the 2nd Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died of wounds recieved in France after being hospitalised in England, on the 28th of September 1917, aged 31.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives the following information,

Private Joseph Duncan Reekie, Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Duncan Reekie, of Perth, husband of Alice M. Reekie, of 51, Albion St., Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury.

The second eldest brother, William served with the York & Lancaster regiment and survived the war.

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