James Alexander was the son of James and Catherine Yeoman Alexander and was brought up at 17 Victoria Terrace of Queen’s Square in Strathbungo, Glasgow and went on to attend Hutchesons Grammer School before attending Glasgow University studying law.
James later became a Partner in a company called Alexander and Martin a Law writing firm.
Alexander had a keen interest in football and played with Queens Park minor elevens and served as a member of the committee serving as Treasurer. He was a keen golfer and was a member and played Pollok Golf Course, he was also an active runner.
When war broke out James joined up as a member of the 16th Highland Light Infantry, was composed of men from The Glasgow Boys Brigade. Known also as the “Holy Second Glasgow” Some other Queens Park members joined the same battalion. They are seen here parading in George Square in September 1914.
James Alexander became Captain in December 1914. In July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, Alexander got shell shock and returned home to Britain for a year to recover . He returned to the western front in July the following year.
He died at the age of 37 years old during the battle of Passchendale on the 2nd December1917. He is memorialized at the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, A site dedicated to those who passed away with no known grave in the area of Ypres-salient.
Pollok Golf club picture and Picture below courtesy of Robin Shields Past Master Lodge St.Vincent Sandyford No.553
Panel 131 Tyne Cot Memorial, West Flanders.
Brother James Alexander, Master Mason, Lodge St.John 3bis