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Alick Burns Spottiswood (1887-1918) - Pte G/15345 The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) Alick   Spottiswood,    a   jobbing   gardener,   became   part   of   the   extended   Burdfied   family   through   his   marriage   in   St   Nicholas,   Itchingfield in September 1914 to Florence Burdfield. In   December   1915,   when   Alick   signed   up   for   The   Queen’s   Own   (Royal   West   Kent   Regiment),   the   couple   were   living   in   Wormley,   near Godalming.   He   was   posted   to   the   3 rd    (Reserve)   Battalion   on   the   29 th    May   1916   as   Pte   G/15345   then   transferred   to   the   2 nd    Battalion   as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia. This   posting   was   probably   part   of   the   draft   sent   out   to   replace   men   of   the   two   Companies   that   were   attached   to   the   30 th    Brigade   in   the 6 th  (Poona) Division in November 1915 who became besieged at Kut-al-Amara and eventually fell captive to the Turks on 29 th  April 1916. 2 nd  RWK Draft to MEF – Alick is probably amongst these men The    Battalion    spent    the    rest    of    the    war    in    Mesopotamia    and    has    the    distinction    of    having    taken    part    in    the    last    battle    of    the Mesopotamian   Campaign   which   was   in   turn   the   last   battle   of   WW1.   This   was   the   Battle   of   Sharqat   which   took   place   north   of   Baghdad on   the   28 th -30 th    October   1918.   35   ORs   from   the   Battalion   were   killed   and   72   wounded   and   Alick   was   one   of   the   casualties,   dying   of wounds on the 1 st  November 1918 whilst serving with C Company. He   is   buried   in   Baghdad   (North   Gate)   Cemetery   and   remembered   on   the   War   Memorial   in   Whitely   in   Surrey.   For   his   service   he   was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. Part   of   Alick’s   service   records   survives   and   can   be   found   online   on   both   Ancestry   or   Findmypast    or   on   microfilm   at   the   National   Archives in Kew.
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