Burrell Alexander L/Cpl 3062121

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Name Burrell Alexander
Army number 3062121
Rank Lance Corporal.
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards.
Date of birth Not yet known.
Age 22 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Scots, date not yet know, and underwent Basic Training. Transferred to the Black Watch 7/10/1940, BW358/6/37, and posted to the 1st Tyneside Scottish. Transferred back to the Royal Scots, 23/12/40, Authority:- S.C.C.R. No 4/24789/4 (Mob) dated 11/12/40, and posted to the 70th (possibly Young Soldiers) Battalion. Transferred back to the Black Watch - date not known, and posted to the 1st Tyneside Scottish. Served Normandy. KILLED in ACTION 1/7/44 NW Europe, Serial No. 366.
Company/Battery Company not yet known.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet known.
Task or role Not known, but probably Rifle Section Commander.
Joined Brigade 7/10/1940 and then again before 1944.
Promotions None known beyond Corporal.
Wounded Yes – via injuries which lead directly to his death.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action KILLED in ACTION. Graves Registration records are rather unclear as to whether he was killed on 30/6/1944 at Fontenay-le-Pesnel or on 01-Jul-44 at Rauray. Initially interred at Fontenay-le-Pesnel Map 7F/1 1/50,000 Reference 894.649 (which rather suggests the former date). Re-buried 11/7/1945 in Grave II.A.4. St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux. Headstone inscription reads : SLEEP ON, BELOVED AND TAKE THY REST IN PEACE, I KNOW, WITHIN HEAVEN BLEST.
Home address Son of John and Alice Burrell, Husband of Patricia Burrell, Rotherhithe.
Source table 1TS