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Maurice Alfred Alexander
6th May 1894
11th March 1915
Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle in France. Advancing on the new German lines outside the village, he had clambered his company over a wooden bridge, over a stream to hold to await movement, Maurice stopped to light a cigarette maybe with a bolstering comment to his men. He was shot through the heart and died instantly.
St Martin's Churchyard, Little Ness, Shropshire
First World War
1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
It would appear that his men – the men of the Grenadier Guards - searched no man’s land for the body of their fallen leader. Sir George Arthur, his uncle was the Personal Secretary of Lord Kitchener whom at the start of the war in 1914 became Secretary of State for War. It was he who retrieved his nephew’s body from the front and brought it back to his parents. The famous Darby family of Coalbrookdale. Maurice is one of the very few brought back from the Western Front to be buried back in Britain.