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 3rd(Reserve) Battalion on the 29thMay 1916 as Pte G/15345 then transferred to the 2ndBattalion 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 30thBrigade in the 6th (Poona) Division in November 1915 who became besieged at Kut-al-Amara and eventually fell captive to the Turks on 29th April 1916.2nd RWK Draft to MEF – Alick is probably amongst these menThe 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 28th-30thOctober 1918. 35 ORs from the Battalion were killed and 72 wounded and Alick was one of the casualties, dying of wounds on the 1st 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 Findmypastor on microfilm at the National Archives in Kew.