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Alexander Muir

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Muir AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2/1894 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Murray - Other relative - 7 January 2016 - 1885/5595
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    4 June 1885 Public - Murray - Other relative - 7 January 2016 - 1885/5595
  • Place of birth
    Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand Public - Murray - Other relative - 7 January 2016 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 17 April 1915 AWMM Brookby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    James Muir (father), Brookby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2/1894 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 17 April 1915 AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alexander Muir was the son of James and Margaret Muir of Brookby, Auckland

    Apt. Acting Bombardier -25.2.1916

    Apt. Bombardier - Bombardier -25.8.1916

    Apt. 2nd Corporal - 23. 9.1916

    Promoted. Corporal - 1. 11.1917

    Promoted Sergeant - 14.12.1917

    France. Feb 4th 17, Dear Bertie :

    Just a note in case this reaches you which I hope it will. I am sending it with one of the boys to England. I have carried it waiting for a chance to post it ever since we left Armentiers. It went right through the Somme with me & I still hung on to it so I hope you will think it is worth it. I made it mostly myself & when I went on leave it was at the horse lines & I was on the guns. It will want polishing with brasso before showing it to anyone. It is made out of one of our 18 pounder shell cases. The contents I sent to Fritz. Inside it you will find two pieces of German driving band which I got mounted when I was on leave, fired at us while on the Somme & still have some Somme mud on them. The big piece is from an eight inch shell & the small piece from a seventy seven or whiz bang. Also inside is a shrapnel bullet wrapped in paper & also wrapped up in a piece of paper is two berries which I picked up from under a tree at Colombo & put in my pocket on the way to Egypt over eighteen months ago. That finishes the mixture hoping it arrives safely & in good order. Lots of love from your loving brother Alex xx in a terrible hurry. (Transcript of letter written by Alexander Muir from France, 4 February 1917, to his twin brother Robert Muir, also on active service.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 September 1918 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    HavrincourtFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM IV. B. 33. AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial, Selwyn Chapel at Christ Church (Anglican), 40 Coles Crescent, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial Stone, Selwyn Chapel at Christ Church (Anglican), 40 Coles Crescent, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Alfriston Brookby War Memorial, Alfriston, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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07 January 2016MurrayGlasgow, ScotlandOther relative