Family of WW1 soldier sought

Leven War Memorial
Leven War Memorial
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The Ministry of Defence are hoping to trace the family of a WW1 soldier from Leven who was killed during a major battle on the Western Front in 1915.

The remains of Private William McAleer from the 7th Battalion The Royal Scottish Fusiliers, were discovered near Lens in northern France three years ago during construction work.

It is hoped the soldier’s relatives can be traced and given the chance to take part in his re-interment and memorial service.

He was killed in action on September 26, 1915 during the Battle of Loos, a major 
offensive that marked Britain’s first use of poison gas in the war.

Around 140 tons of chlorine gas was released as part of the attack, but in some places the gas was blown back onto British trenches.

Many soldiers removed their gasmasks as they were unable to see or breathe properly with them on.

Fifty thousand British and Indian troops were killed or injured in the battle, along with 20,000 Germans.

If you have information that could help trace Private McAleer’s family, please contact Lynne Gammond on 03067 701322 or