Alexander Ralph Abercrombie (DSO & MC)


Alexander Ralph Abercrombie (DSO & MC)


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
1st Bn.


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Mentioned in Despatches three times, Distinguished Sevice Order, Military Cross.


E. 399.
United Kingdom

UK Memorials

Haileybury College Cloister Wall Memorial, Hertford Heath
Plaque in St Peter’s Church, Portsmouth

Pre War

Born on 14 Oct 1896 in Cambridge son of Lt. Col. Alexander William Abercrombie (who died as a Prisoner of War in Germany on 5 Nov 1915) and Ethel Emma (Gordon) Abercrombie of Crescent Lodge, Queen's Crescent, Southsea. Educated at Haileybury College 1910-13.

Wartime Service

DSO. Hohenzollern Redoubt - The Somme “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After an assault he found himself with one man only in the hostile saphead. Lieutenant Abercrombie sent this man back for support and bombed, meanwhile, along the sap. When his supply of bombs was exhausted he fell back and with rifle fire held the sap for 3 hours single-handed. He has done most excellent work." M.C. for gallantry at Hill 60. Died of wounds in the London Hospital, Whitechapel, London.

Mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 15 Jun 1916 and 22 Jun 1915 and 20 May 1918), DSO (London Gazette 15 Apr 1916) and MC.


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