Private Alexander Bearn

Private Alexander Bearn

Private Alexander Bearn, 1st Battalion, the Black Watch, was a resident of Brechin, employed with D & R Duke, linen manufacturers, at the Denburn Works on Montrose Street. On 9 May 1915 he received a fatal wound during the Battle of Aubers Ridge.

"It happened under conditions that reflect the highest honour of gallantry and self-sacrifice by the dead soldier.

"During the action an officer had fallen wounded between the lines of trenches, exposed to the fire of the enemy. Private Bearn, heedless of the risk, ran, leaving cover for the purpose of bringing him back to safety. Unfortunately his gallant action was without avail, for not only did the rescuer pay with his life for the effort he made, but the officer he went out to rescue was also left dead on the field."

The Denburn Works, Montrose Street, Brechin, where Private Bearn was employed, MS747/21/59