Laid to rest far away, but hero is not for­got­ten

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he does.”

Si­mon was able to track down the Com­mon­wealth War Graves at Beirut War Ceme­tery.

He found the grave­yard im­mac­u­lately land­scaped and main­tained, with rows of head­stones for Al­lied sol­diers in a palm-fringed square of green be­tween apart­ment blocks.

He said: “On ar­rival Mo­hammed, our taxi driver, headed off with en­thu­si­asm into the World War I sec­tion of the ceme­tery with the map [Mike Haigh] had kindly pro­vided and within five min­utes, he had found it.

“Abed, the per­son who tended the graves was to­tally de­lighted that some peo­ple from the UK had vis­ited the ceme­tery to wit­ness first hand the care and pride that he so clearly takes in his work.”

Si­mon sent the pic­tures back to Mike who was able to tell Aberfeldy Mu­seum fol­low­ers on Face­book all about the soldier.

Mike said: “His name was, Alexan­der Camp­bell, the son of Alex (a lo­cal builder), and Is­abella Camp­bell, of Glen­cona, Tay­bridge Ter­race, Aberfeldy.

“He was born on Au­gust 1, 1896 at 39 Ken­more Street, Aberfeldy, ed­u­cated at Breadal­bane Academy and on leav­ing school went on to serve his time as a plumber with A & J Men­zies.

“He en­listed as Trooper 57 of the Alexan­der ‘s grave at the Beirut War Ceme­tery Scot­tish Horse (Yeo­manry) Reg­i­ment very early on in the Great War and af­ter much train­ing at Scone and Ket­ter­ing, he left Devon­port with the 3rd Scot­tish Horse Squadron bound for the Dar­danelles on Au­gust 18, 1915.”

Alexan­der was wounded in Galip­poli, in hos­pi­tal in Egypt be­fore be­ing sent back to the UK.

Mike added: “By March 1916, he was well enough to spend some time on fur­lough at home in Aberfeldy with his Scot­tish Horse com­rade, Char­lie Hunter of Mill Street, who had joined up with him on the very same day.

“He was back in the Mid­dle East in 1917 and 1918 serv­ing with the 10th Field Troop Royal En­gi­neers in Pales­tine, which was part of the 4th Field Squadron.

“Sadly, at some point in late 1918 he was taken ill with malaria and died on De­cem­ber 27.”

Re­lat­ing to this are two ‘Death Pen­nies,’ which were cast in bronze and is­sued to the fam­i­lies of the ‘fallen.’ They can be seen on dis­play at Breadal­bane Academy Li­brary, one for Alexan­der Camp­bell, and the sec­ond is for his brother, Lance-Cor­po­ral Ge­orge Camp­bell of the 7th Black Watch, who was killed in ac­tion on the first day of the Third Bat­tle of Ypres, July 31, 1917. The War Ceme­tery in Beirut is main­tained with pride

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