Alick Spottiswood, died of wounds ten days before the war ended

Alick was born in Brighton in 1887 and became a gardener. He married Florence Burdfield on 19 September 1914 in Henfield, Sussex and moved to Derby Cottages, Wormley. Alick enlisted at Guildford in December, 1915.

The 2nd Battalion Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) was stationed in India at the outbreak of war and in January 1915 went to Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). Two companies were part of the force that advanced on Baghdad in September 1915 and was captured by the Turks at Kut al Amara. The captured men were treated badly by the Turks and 5,500 of the 13,000 captives died or went missing. The remaining two companies of the 2nd Battalion were reinforced, which is probably when Alick joined it, and engaged in various actions against the Turks including As Sahilan, Ramadi and Shargat (the latter on 23 October 1918). Alick died on 1 November of wounds, possibly sustained at Shargat. The additional dedication on Alick’s headstone reads “At rest in the lord”. Alick was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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