Alexander CUMSTIE

CUMSTIE, Alexander

Service Number: 1067
Enlisted: 5 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Oban, Argyll, Scotland, 20 January 1895
Home Town: South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Wounds, France, 27 April 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Grave II. D. 145. INSCRIPTION TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WE LOVE IS NOT TO DIE , Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Ararat Shire of Ararat WWI Roll of Honor, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wickliffe War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1067, 23rd Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Involvement Private, 1067, 23rd Infantry Battalion
10 May 1915: Embarked Private, 1067, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Australian Military History, Bill  Rosedale
Pte Alexander Cumstie     1067   Age21
23rd Battalion Australian Infantry.

A former native of Oban, Argyle Scotland.

I came across his Death Plaque or "Dead Mans Penny" in the small but informative "Oban War & Peace Museum" his medals were not present.

He embarked Melbourne May 1915 on board HMAT Euripedes A14.

Alexander lost his life in the battlefields of France , and is buried at Bailleul Cemetery, section 2 D 145.....his epitaph reads. 

"To Live In The Hearts Of Those We Love is Not To Die"

He is also remembered on Oban War Memorial along with four others from Australia that gave there lives.


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 21 and the brother of Miss Lottie Cumstie, of Frodsham, Warrington, Lancashire, England.

He is one of five Australian Great War casualties remembered on the Oban War Memorial. Oban (An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay) is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William.