Date added: 9 Jan 2014
I've just discovered this site purely by chance.
I served with Alex in 45 Commando RM. On the day he was killed three of us were sharing a tent. Sergeant Major came in and said he wanted one of us to act as guard for a truck that I believe was delivering food to one of the village police stations we'd commandeered. Riding shotgun was a hazardous task which entailed standing on the passenger seat with one's upper body protruding through the hatch and clutching a bren gun.
There was some initial debate as to who should go but as two of us had already been on patrol that day, Alex was detailed as he'd been working in camp. He was tragically killed on that fateful journey.
I'm 78 now and feel grateful to have got there. Alex was just 20 and denied a life, as was every other serviceman killed in that conflict.
Alex was a staunch friend, a brave and reliable comrade in arms and a proud member of 45 Commando RM. His was a brief but very memorable life touching his family and many friends. I'll never forget him.
Picture enclosed is of Alex being laid to rest. I'm holding a wreath (back, right) which I placed on his grave.
Date added: 29 May 2018
Alexander I never knowingly met you, but I did know of you, because you were the fourth person to be killed in our unit during this period of our occupation. We were both in 45 Commando Royal Marines, you were serving in E Troop and I was in X Troop, this was sixty years ago this year. The memory of your demise is as clear today as it was then. I am not sure though whether the news of the ambush you were involved in reached me in Agros Police Station, which I have garrisoned with my section on several occasions. Regardless of this the news of you being killed by automatic fire whilst riding shotgun on a return journey to your base from Agros (where you and your party had delivered rations) was relayed to us very quickly. It was a miracle that your driver Marine Stewart escaped unharmed from the way his cab was riddled with bullets. Shortly before, our Troop Oppo Ray Greening was tragically taken from us and we were still grieving over him, so the news of you being shot dead hit us very hard. You were buried in the same place as Ray at Wayne's Keep Military Cemetery in Nicosia with full military honours.
Rest in peace Alex, you may be gone BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.