HAGGART, Alexander MacMillan

No.1106, Sapper, Alexander Macmillan HAGGART
Aged 36

1st/1st Cheshire Field Coy, Royal Engineers
Killed in Action on Friday, 14th July 1916

Alexander MacMillan Haggart was born on 12th November 1879 (Arbroath 272/00 0647) son of William and Jane HAGGART (née BLAIR)

1881 census...Aged 1, he was at the Lodge, Birdbrook with his father William HAGGART [28] estate carpenter born Kinnell, Angus; his mother Jane [31] born Aberdeen and brother George [3] born Arbroath.

1891 census...Aged 11, he was in Birdbrook with his parents; brothers George (dairy boy), James [7] and William [1] (both born in Birdbrook); sisters Edith [9], Alice [5] and Annie [3] all born in Birdbrook and his widowed grandmother Isabella LECKIE. (maiden name)[68] born Scotland.

1901 census...Aged 21, he was footman at Swishland Hall, Leicestershire (Earl of Lanesborough). His parents were still at the Lodge, Birdbrook with his brother William and sister Alice and Annie, and grandmother Isabella Leckie.

1911 census...Aged 31, under gardener, he was at Birdbrook with his parents and sister Edith and Annie. One of the eight siblings had died.

On the "Living Relatives form completed by his father 9th September 1919 the family consisted of his parents at The Lodge, Moyns Hall, Birdbrook with his brother James [25], sisters Alice [33] and sister Mrs HUNT (Annie)[32]. Brother George [39] was at Elveden and brother William [31] was at Cobham Hall, Kent. This leaves Edith unaccounted for ( it may be her marrying Edward PERYER in 1912). No pension card has been found.

He enlisted in Birkenhead, Cheshire when resident at Childer Thornton, Cheshire. He gave his age as 33, was 5 feet 8 inches tall, chest 34.5" to 37", an electrician, living at 4 Croft Cottages, Childer Thornton. Next of kin, his father William at The Lodge, Moyns Hall, Birdbrook.
Posted to 4th/1st Cheshire Coy on 24th July 1915, he was promoted to AActin Lance Corporal on 9th September. Posted to 1st/1st Cheshire Coy on 7th February 19016, he went to France on 10th and joined his new unit in the field on 13th. He reverted to Sapper at the same time.

The war diary of his company has not been found

CWGC records Alexander and one other of his company killed that day.

His memorial stall in Birdbrook church

Alexander Haggart is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, pier and face 8A/8D

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