William Alexander (Canadian soldier)

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William Alexander
Born (1880-09-18)18 September 1880
London, United Kingdom
Died 18 October 1917(1917-10-18) (aged 37)
Houdain, France
Cause of death Execution by firing squad
Burial place Barlin, France
50°27′24.358″N 2°37′1.099″E / 50.45676611°N 2.61697194°E / 50.45676611; 2.61697194
Nationality British
Occupation Soldier
Years active 1914-1917

William "Bill" Alexander (18 September 1880 – 18 October 1917) was a Canadian soldier who served with the 10th Battalion, CEF in France during the First World War. His execution by firing squad following a charge of desertion sparked controversy in Canada. He was one of 25 Canadian soldiers executed during the course of the First World War.


Early life[edit]

William Alexander was born in London, United Kingdom on 18 October 1880, but the early life of Alexander is very obscure. He served for 8 years in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps before emigrating to Canada[1]