Ref ID: 1654

Name

Alexander McCracken.


Description

Belfast Telegraph Newspaper Photograph of Private Alexander McCracken.


Life Story

Name: Alexander McCracken.

Service Number: 12468.

Rank: Private.

Battalion: 6th Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Born: 17th December 1886, Belfast.

Died: 25th August 1915.

Address: 32 Matchett Street, Belfast

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Alexander McCracken, son of William and Margaret McCracken, lived at 32 Matchett Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

Alexander's mother had died in 1890.

The 1901 Ireland Census has Alexander living at 5 Matchett Street, Belfast with his father, occupation, Tenter, 3 sisters, Minnie, 25 years, Housekeeper, Maggie, 18 years, Linen Weaver, Lizzie 13, School Girl, and a brother Samuel, 20 years, a Labourer within a Foundry, Alexander is noted as being a Messenger, and all the family are listed as Irish Speakers.

Alexander joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

He was posted as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on the 7th of August 1915.

Alexander McCracken was a Private in C Company 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers when he Died Of Wounds within a hospital in Alexandria, Egypt, on the 25th August 1915, aged 27 years.

A local newspaper states.

Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Official intimation has arrived of the death of Private Alexander McCracken, 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, which occurred in hospital at Alexandria on the 25th August of wounds received at the Dardanelles. Before enlisting deceased, who was a member of the Orange Order, was employed at the Baltic Timber and Cooperage Company. He was a brother of Samuel McCracken 22 Matchett Street, Belfast, and his sisters live at 26 Matchett Street and 147 Bellevue Street. His brother David Hamill, is serving in the same battalion.

This article is replicated in other local newspapers.

Alexander left his Soldiers Effects to his brother Samuel.

Within his Will is a letter of confirmation as to the fact he left his brother Samuel his effects, this is co-signed by two sisters and Samuel himself.

He received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-1915 Star.

He is Remembered at Alexandria (Chatby) Military And War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

To Remember Is To Honour

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Theme

Shankill Roll of Honour


Date

1915


Classification

Photograph, Photograph, Photograph - Belfast Telegraph

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