Milne, Alexander Richard

He was the son of Frank Alexander Milne Esq. (COM. and G, 1867-1873), of Summerhill, Barnet, and came to Winchester from the Reverend F.J. Hall’s preparatory school at Northaw Place, Herts.

He would have gone up to Trinity College, Cambridge, but on the outbreak of war immediately joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., a few weeks later obtaining a commission in the 1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment. He went to the front in July 1915, and some months afterwards was appointed Adjutant.

Details of the battalion’s actions on the day of Milne’s death are scarce because all 20 of the officers who went “over the top” that day were either killed, wounded or missing and no-one was left to record the details in the War Diary. One other OW was with the battalion, Captain G Dodgson (B 1908-1913) but he appears to have been left on the reserve list that day.

Milne fell at St. Julien, east of Ypres, on July 31st, 1917, during the operations which culminated in the capture of Passchendaele Ridge; he was bringing up reinforcements under heavy fire to resist a series of violent enemy counter-attacks, which they succeeded in doing in the face of overwhelming odds. Two other OWs were killed that day, at Passchendaele, Lieutenant D G W Hewitt (G 1911-1915) who won a posthumous VC for his role; and Lieutenant J K Falconer (K1911-1915) – see individual entries.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Milne
  • Forenames or initials: Alexander Richard
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Hertfordshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 18th July 1896
  • Date of Death: 31st July 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 54 and 56 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, YPRES