Roll of Honour

Surgeon (Temporary Commission)

Alexander Fraser McIntosh


Alexander Fraser McIntosh was born in Glasgow on 15th January 1892. He was 17 when he matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1909. By that date his father Daniel, a joiner, had died. Alexander originally matriculated in the Arts Faculty to study Latin and Mathematics but changed to the Medical Faculty the following year. His exam records show that he was a good student, passing all his subjects comfortably and earning a distinction in Materia Medica and Therapeutics in his second professional examination in 1913. He graduated MB ChB in 1915.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

After graduation, he joined the Royal Navy as a temporary surgeon and was assigned to the Royal Naval hospital at Haslar, Gosport in July 1915. On 16th November 1917 he was posted to HMS Marple, one of four vessels that transported German and British prisoners-of-war to be repatriated under an agreement signed by the two governments at The Hague in July 1917.

Billeted at Boston, Lincolnshire, he was a well-known figure in the community and took an enthusiastic part in musical activities. Just after midnight on 4th March 1918, after announcing his intention to take a walk before retiring, he disappeared from the White Hart Hotel where he had been resident for two months. The hotel was close to the river and it was here, a month later that his body was recovered. The inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death. Alexander was accorded a full military funeral on 6th April 1918.

Comments and Citations

Biography: Information supplied by the family, including reports from the Lincolnshire Standard, 9th March 1918, 13th April 1918

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