In memory of

Private Alexander Lockie

16th Royal Scots

†June 8th 1917, age 22

Son of John and Helen Lockie

Old Town, Peebles

Alexander William Lockie was born on 27th October 1894 at 56 Old Town, Peebles.  He was the fourth of five childen of John Lockie, an upholsterer, and his wife Helen Telfer.  Before he enlisted Private Lockie was employed as a roadman in the Noblehouse district of Newlands Parish.  In November 1915 he enlisted in the 9th Battalion Royal Scots and was sent to France the following March,  In October 1916 he was wounded and sent to Bellahouston Hospital in Glasgow.  He returned to France in March 1917 and transferred to the 16th Battalion Royal Scots.  He was wounded and taken prisoner on 28th April of that year, and officially reported to have died on Monday 14th May, said to be caused by the loss of his right arm, in the prisoners’ of war hospital at Charleroi, Belgium, and to have been buried at the cemetery in that place.  He was 22 years of age.

Charleroi was the scene of fighting between 21 and 24 August 1914 and for the rest of the First World War it was a German military and administrative centre. The 270 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried in the communal cemetery either died as prisoners of war, or after the Armistice. The cemetery also contains 38 Second World War burials, most of them airmen, and 23 war graves of other nationalities.