58th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
27/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
Alexander McCrea was the son of Alexander McCrea and Maggie Ramsay. Alex was born on 18th April 1875. Alexander enlisted in Royal Horse Artillery which later became Royal Field Artillery. He is believed to have served in the Boer War. Alex and Janey were married in England They had a son Alexander and a girl Eileen. The 24 September 1915 saw Alex as a Sergeant. in the 42 Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison of the Artillery British Expeditionary Force in the Mediterranean. He was in the landings at Gallipoli. Alex was promoted to substantive 2nd Lieutenant. Alex was killed in France on 27 June 1917 aged 42 years.The circumstances of his death were that a fellow officer, Lt. Sanders, was wounded by a shell and Alex went out to bring him in but a second shell killed them both. He is buried in Belgium.
Ferme-Olivier Cemetery is located 7 kilometres north west of Ieper town centre on the Steentjesmolenstraat, N333, a road leading from the N8 Veurnseweg connecting Ieper to Elverdinge and on to Veurne. From Ieper town centre the Veurnseweg (N8) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then turning right onto Haiglaan. Veurnseweg is a continuation of Haiglaan. On reaching the village of Elverdinge the Steentjesmolenstraat, N333, is the second left hand turning. The cemetery lies 1.3 kilometres along the Steentjesmolenstraat on the left hand side of the road.