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Alexander RobertsonPTE A. ROBERTSON A. & S.H.

14554860 Private Alexander Robertson

2nd Battalion,
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

died 30th June 1944

aged 19

Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery

Son of Alexander Robertson and Janet Mathewson
Bridge of Weir

His Life

Alexander Robertson and sisterAlexander Robertson, born in Burngill, Main Street, Bridge of Weir and known as Alister, was killed in France 24 days after D-Day. Standing beside him in this photograph is his sister Lilly married to Hugh Brown, a footballer who played for Partick Thistle and was capped for Scotland on several occasions. The babe in arms is Lilly and Hugh's daughter. The family moved to Torquay where Hugh played for Torquay United.

The 2nd Battalion of The Argylls formed part of 227 Brigade in the 15th (Scottish) Division and after the Normandy landings, they were a key part of Operation "Epsom", a major offensive on Caen. Montgomery had hoped to capture Caen not long after D-Day, but had to accept that his thrusts towards the city were helping the American advance on Cherbourg by tying down German resources in the east.

Operation Epsom

Alister is buried in Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery, about 14km south-east of Bayeux. The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Most of the burials in Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery were brought in from the surrounding district, where there was much heavy fighting through June and July 1944 as Commonwealth forces tried to press on from Bayeux in an encircling movement to the south of Caen. The cemetery contains 1,005 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 56 of them unidentified, and 132 German graves.