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Posted 29 October 2012 - 06:59 pm
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Battle of Arras.
8th Seaforths were part of the 15th Scottish Division. Here's a link giving the major engagements:
For more detail, I udnerstand Naval & Military Press publish a history of the Division
Alexander Brews is one of 41 men to die on that date and be buried in Duisans British Cemetery. He was the only Seaforth Highlander.
The cemetery was used by the 8th, 19th and 41st Casualty Clearing Stations. As your relative 'died of wounds' it could be concluded that he was wounded in the field and died at one of the CCS.
Alexander had been in France since 7th July 1915.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:15 am
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:26 am
Alexander Brews is commemorated on the the Markich War Memorial in Fife.
If you look closely you can make out his name at the bottom of the photograph.
William Brews was a butcher from Portmoak, Kinross, the son of Thomas & Margaret Brews. He served in the Canadian Infantry.They were not brothers but do you know if they were related?
* Photographs from The Scottish War Memorial Project.
Do you have a photo of his grave, I will be going to Duisans quite soon, and would be more than happy to send it to you, if you send me your e mail by PM
Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:04 am
Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:19 pm
Alexander had a brother called William Brews, he was born in Portmoak, Kinross in (roughly) 1887.
Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:28 pm
Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:03 pm
Sadly, I now believe they were brothers and you have 2 relatives to research.
Alexander doesn't appear on the 1889 census (family at Nottingham Cottage, Kettle) and William had left home by 1901 (family living at Bandon, Markinch).
Alexander (born Kettle 1892) was the son of Thomas & Margaret Brews.
William (born Portmoak, Kinross 1887) was the son of Thomas & Margaret Brews.
The 2 men both had a sister, Jane (born 1889, Portmoak) and a brother, John (born 1884, Portmoak)
Thomas & Margaret lost both sons within 7 months. Sadly, William has no known grave.
Service No: 73755
Date of Death: 06/11/1917
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 28th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 18 - 26 - 28.
Memorial YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Son of Thomas and Margaret Brews, of Swan End Croft, Chance Inn, Cupar, Fife, Scotland.
He enlisted on 24th October 1914. You can view his service file here: http://www.collectio...if&id_nbr=63260
Service No: S/3915
Date of Death: 09/04/1917
Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders 8th Bn.
Grave Reference I. J. 10.
Cemetery DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN
Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:26 pm
Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:02 pm
What battle did William most likely die at?
Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:07 pm