Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Lieutenant Alexander Nigel Trotter, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Scots, attached to 2nd Battalion, died from wounds received during the fighting near Vieille Chapelle.
Educated at Packwood Haugh Preparatory School, and Clifton College, Lieutenant Trotter joined the Royal Scots in the Special Reserve of Officers in December of 1912. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 1914, and after the outbreak of the Great War the Special Reserve was mobilised and sent to France.
From “There’s a Devil in the Drum” by John F. Lucy: “On the 12th October we were marching through a flat country of many villages about five miles north of La Bassee, and once more found ourselves listening to the sound of field-guns. That roused some of us and depressed others, and there was much speculation as to what was happening in front, and what part we should play...My mind embraced my comrades, and my spirit fondly bound them, and swept out protectingly over them in prayer, while my body pulsed to their marching, their inevitable and terrible yet innocent progress to another rendezvous with death.”
Lieutenant Trotter was wounded three times and was taken to a nearby house for medical attention, but he could not be saved and died later that night - he lies buried in the Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery at La Gorgue.
Alexander, from London, was 20 years old.