Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Alexander James Bolton Milne


Alexander James Bolton Milne was born on the 27th July 1887, in Lerwick, Shetland, and was the only child of Reverend Alexander A. Milne – Minister of the Baptist Lerwick Church – and Janet Bolton. They had married a year previously at Norham-on-Tweed, on the 27th October 1886. When Alexander was only five years old the family moved to Cambuslang, where Alexander Senior worked at the Cambuslang Baptist Church, and Alexander Junior studied at Cambuslang Public School, before joining the Higher Grade School at Whitehall.

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

Alexander joined the University of Glasgow in 1907, taking classes in Latin and Greek in his first year. In his second year Alexander studied Natural Philosophy and English, before taking Moral Philosophy and Logic in his final year.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Alexander moved to study Divinity at Divinity Hall – part of the University of Aberdeen. While studying he also worked as a student assistant to Reverend A. M. Snadden, of the John Knox Parish Church, and a student missionary in the East Parish under Reverend George Walker. He received an honourable mention for his high grades in Church History, and graduated with a BD in the spring of 1915.

Upon graduating Alexander enrolled as a Private with the 4th Bn. Gordon Highlanders in March 1915. Within a year he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, receiving his commission on the 3rd December 1915. After serving in France for a few months, Alexander was attached to the 9th Bn. Gordon Highlanders. On the 22nd August 1917 he led his men into battle near Ypres, where he was wounded severely, and died of his injuries on the same day.

2nd Lieutenant Milne was said to have been a popular figure within his battalion. His Commanding Officer wrote of him “a very gallant capable leader of men and an ever cheerful comrade”.

Alexander is buried at the White House Cemetery in Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. He is remembered on the Cumnock War Memorial, and the University of Aberdeen Roll of Honour.