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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Thomas Edgar Alexander -

Unknown person Name : Thomas Edgar Alexander

Son of Thomas Hinton Alexander and Caroline Sarah Alexander (née Hunt), of Garrett's Farm, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Born 1895, Whippingham, Isle of Wight
  Census information :

1901 : Thomas and Caroline Alexander, with their children including Edgar, aged 6, are at Chippingwell, Pan Lane, Whippingham. Thomas Alexander is a General Merchant.

1911 : Thomas Hinton and Caroline Sarah Alexander, with their children including Thomas Edgar, aged 16, are at Garrett's Farm, St George's Down, Newport. Thomas Hinton Alexander is a farmer and gravel merchant. Thomas Edgar Alexander is "assisting in the business"

  Service Details :

Lance Corporal 1186 Thomas Edgar Alexander, 1/8th Bn, Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).
  Casualty Details :

Died : 29 October 1915 aged 20

Buried at Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta

CWGC Record

Service records : not found

Medal Index Card : Awarded 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Arreton Parish War Memorial
Arreton Roll of Honour (as T A Alexander)
Carisbrooke Castle Isle of Wight Rifles Memorial Panel 03
Newport Oddfellows War Memorial WW I
Newport Drill Hall Isle of Wight Rifles War Memorial Newport C.E. National School War Memorial
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Saturday, 4th September 1915



Lce-Cpl. T. Alexander, son of Mr. T. Alexander, of St. George's Down, Newport, writing on August 16th, says: "We have been in the thick of it, and had a very hot time, but are now back to the reserve trenches. We drove the Turks back about 1½ miles, but lost rather heavily. I must not forget to tell you about Cpl. George James, of Newport. He crawled out of the trenches under a hail of bullets and rescued a wounded man who was helpless. I don't expect you will hear much about it, as there was only myself and a few others who saw him do it, but he deserves as much praise as if he did it in the sight of the whole battalion. One of our worst troubles is the scarcity of water. When we were in the firing line we had to run the gauntlet every time we wanted any. The country is very sandy and hilly, with a lot of small shrubs like holly, only the leaves are smaller, and things like acorns grow on them; the grass is all coarse, brown stuff."
Corpl. James, whose bravery is referred to, is a son of Mr. James, chimney sweep, of Pyle-street, Newport. He is a well-known boxer, and member of the St. John's Bible Class and Athletic Club, and was employed at Messrs. G.B. Purkis and Sons' boot shop in Lower St. James's-street.


Saturday, 13th November 1915


MR. AND MRS. T.H. ALEXANDER AND FAMILY, of St. George's-down, Newport, wish to tender heartfelt thanks for the many expressions of sympathy in the sad loss of thier son, Lce-Cpl. T.E. Alexander. Especially do they appreciate the tributes of those who knew him best. In the words of one, "We shall never forget Edgar or his example."

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Page last updated : 20 December 2015 (added link to C.E. National School War Memorial)


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