Private Alexander Forsyth Gardiner, 16th Bn Highland Light Infantry

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Private Alexander Forsyth Gardiner 33427, 16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (previously The Black Watch)

Alexander Forsyth Gardiner was born at Westwood, Auchtergaven, on 20th November 1897.  He was one of 12 children born to John and Euphemia Gardiner, formally of Parkfields and Old Scone.  After his education, Alexander was employed as an agricultural labourer, working alongside his father, who was a ploughman.  He enlisted into the Black Watch on the 7th June 1916 and afterwards transferred to 16th Bn Highland Light Infantry.  Private Alexander Forsyth Gardiner was killed on 18th November 1916 while involved in the action at the Somme.  He was 19 years old.  He is buried in Frankfurt Trenches Cemetery.  Alexander was awarded the Victory and British War medals.


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