Alfred Hamilton Connell

Major
1914-15 Star; British War Medal, Victory Medal
Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion
1901 Alfred Connell was gazetted to Royal Scots Fusiliers as Second Lieutenant on 5 January. In the census of 1901 he was stationed at Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow. Later that year he served in South Africa with his battalion and, as a result, was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with four clasps (Cape Colony, Transvaal, 1901, 1902). 1903 Promoted Lieutenant 23 May. 1911 Appointed adjutant of 3rd Battalion RSF,.stationed at Ayr, on 17 November. 1915, About 7 July he went to France. The original 2nd Battalion RSF had been virtually wiped out at the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914. It was reconstituted from drafts and Connell seems to have been in one of these. On 22 September Col Pollard o/c 2nd Battalion took command of 2nd Brigade and Alfred Connell took command of 2nd RSF. Between 25-27 September he commanded his battalion during the Battle of Loos.
28 February 1881, Glasgow
Death28th September 1915
While going round his trenches to see to the men’s comfort after the battle Alfred Connell was killed by a shrapnel shell.
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BurialSailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery, J. 8
His widow chose the phrase ‘Abide with me’ to be added to his gravestone.
Husband of Nancy (sic) Connell, of Merville, Booterstown, Co. Dublin.
Charles Connell (1822-1884) and Elizabeth Campbell (1842-1884)
Ship builder
Charles (c1854-), William (1864-1934), Jane (1865-), Mary (1867-1868), John (1869-1937), James (1870-1886), Arthur (1872-), Elizabeth (1874-), Allan (1876-1924), Edith (c1878-c1947)
Anna Frances Hone (1884-1957), married 3 August 1910, Dublin
Glasgow Academy Loretto School (1897-1900)
Regular soldier
Rozelle House, Partick, Glasgow
Rozelle House, Partick, Glasgow
Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow
Carston House, Ayr
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Epsilon Lair 283
Scottish National War Memorial Glasgow Academy War Memorial Loretto School War Memorial
Son of the founder of Charles Connell & Co, Ltd, shipbuilders at Scotstoun.
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk). Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org The History of The Royal Scots Fusiliers (1678-1918) by John Buchan. 1925 The Long, Long Trail - http://www.1914-1918.net/ Loretto School Roll of Honour 1914-1918 -http://www.lorettoniansociety.org.uk/memorial/ww1/index.htm Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com
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Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

 
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