Wednesday, December 19, 2012

L/Cpl. Alexander J. McGarry, 1st Bn, Black Watch

L/Cpl Alexander J. McGarry, 1st Bn. The Black Watch
Lance Corporal Alexander James McGarry, 1st Battalion The Black Watch
From Whitehaven, Cumberland
Killed in action in Tunisia, aged 20 (8 March 1943)
Photograph: Courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News' 
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Some biographical information

Lance Corporal Alexander ('Alex') James McGarry, 1st Bn The Black Watch was killed in action in Tunisia on 8 March 1943. He is buried in Sfax Cemetery, Tunisia (Grave Ref. VI. D. 12.). At the time of his death, Pte McGarry was 20 years old.

Alex McGarry was brought up in Whitehaven, Cumberland (now Cumbria). His pre-war home was at Regent Square, Senhouse Street, Whitehaven. Before enlisting to the army L/Cpl. McGarry was a coal miner at Lowca Pit.

He was married in 1942. The following day he left to go overseas to the Middle East with his unit. A Roman Catholic, L/Cpl. McGarry is commemorated on the WW2 memorial of St Begh's R.C. Parish, Whitehaven. He is also listed in the Borough of Whitehaven WW2 'Book of Remembrance'.
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CWGC citation

This is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation for Lance Corporal Alexander James McGarry, The Black Watch:

Name: McGARRY, ALEXANDER JAMES
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 2991674
Date of Death: 08/03/1943
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 1st Bn.
Grave Reference: VI. D. 12.
Cemetery: SFAX WAR CEMETERY (Tunisia)

Additional Information:
(Not listed by the CWGC)
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Dedication

This article is dedicated to Lance Corporal Alexander James McGarry, The Black Watch.

In April 1943 the following tribute to Lance Corporal Alex McGarry was placed in the 'Family Notices' columns of 'The Whitehaven News':

"ON ACTIVE SERVICE

McGarry - Killed on active service in March, somewhere in the Middle East, Alexander ('Alex') McGarry, in his 21st year, dearly loved friend of Mr and Mrs Skinner and Family, Plumblands Lane.

After life's short, weary journey,
Somewhere in a foreign land,
He sleeps among his many comrades,
Waiting for the Lord's Command".
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He has passed through the Golden Gates:
Forever at peace in the Eternal Garden.
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Acknowledgements

Cumbria County Archives & Local Studies Centre
(Whitehaven Records Office)

'The Whitehaven News'
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