Captain Alexander Cecil GRAHAM
1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
Date of birth: 2 November 1879
Date of death: 10 September 1916
Killed in action aged 36
Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France.
Plot II. Row A. Grave 11.
Alexander Cecil was the son of Frederick Graham, a silk merchant, and Mary Jane, of 29 Palace Gate, Kensington, London. He was baptised at St Philip‘s Church, Lambeth on 2 February 1881 when they were living at Oak Villa, Queen’s Road, Kingston Hill.
He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.
During the South African (Boer) War, he acted first as a War Correspondent and later joined General French's Scouts, being wounded and captured at Lindley. On his return to England he went on the Stock Exchange and, joining the firm of H. K. Paxton, became a member in 1905.
He married in 1904, Ethel Daisy Egerton (formerly Graham), only daughter of the late H. K. Paxton. In 1911, they were living at Iverfarne, Iver Heath. Buckinghamshire
In September 1914, he joined the Naval Division as Sub-Lieutenant in the "Hood" Battalion, and went with them to Antwerp. In October of the same year, he was promoted Lieutenant-Commander, and appointed Adjutant of his Battalion. He went to Gallipoli, where he was wounded on 2 May 1915, and invalided to UK on 17 June.
In December Captain Graham received a commission in the Grenadier Guards as Captain, Special Reserve, and proceeded to the front in April. He was killed at Ginchy when commanding his company during the battle of the Somme.
Probate was granted to his widow, his Effects amounted to £589 4s 6d.