Alexander was born 29 June 1893 in Belfast.
He had a younger brother and sister. His father John was a Carter and, at the outbreak of war, his family lived at 1 Titania Street, Belfast.
Alexander was employed as a Baker – he was a ‘small’ man of just 5ft. 4ins.
He married Jane Lynass (of Woodstock Road) on 13 April 1913 at Willowfield Parish Church. A few days later, he (they?) sailed from Liverpool to Quebec, Canada, with a stated destination of Toronto, Ontario.
In November 1914 Alexander enlisted, in Toronto, with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force and was assigned to 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (1st Central Ontario Regiment).
He was later transferred to France, arriving 24 October 1915.
On 2 June 1916 he was reported ‘missing’ – later presumed ‘Killed in Action’ (aged 22).
His body was not recovered – his name is among those on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.
A War Gratuity of $180 was paid to Alex’s widow as a result of his death.
Alexander is also commemorated on the Woodstock Road war memorial.