On trail of war hero’s photo 100 years on

Alexander Henry McIntosh's grave in Bennochy cemetery.
Alexander Henry McIntosh's grave in Bennochy cemetery.

Fife Cultural Trust is seeking the help of the people of Fife in tracing a photograph of a brave Fifer who fought in the First World War.

Today (Friday) marks 100 years since Kirkcaldy man Alexander Henry McIntosh was buried in the McIntosh family plot in the town’s Bennochy Cemetery.

Alexander, also known as Henry, signed up to fight for his country and was a private in the 14th London Scottish Battalion.

Unfortunately, he was injured by a flying shell on November 12, 1914 just a few months after the unit was mobilised.

He was taken to Boulogne Hospital were he died from his wounds on November 22 at the age of 21, with his father by his side.

Alexander’s family owned the Victoria Works in Kirkcaldy and were wealthy enough to bring back his body home for burial.

His name, along with hundreds of others, are featured on the war memorial in the memorial gardens in Kirkcaldy.

His grave is well marked by a large statue in the cemetery.

Fife Archives has a copy of Henry’s diary but unfortunately it doesn’t have a photograph to go alongside their other findings.

And this is where the people of Fife come in.

A spokesman for Fife Cultural Trust said: “We are seeking to honour one of Fife’s fallen during the First World War.

“So far we cannot find a photograph of Alexander Henry McIntosh and we are looking to find one to be displayed in his memory.

“If you have one, or know where we might find one, we would be most grateful if you could get in touch and help us celebrate the memory of one of Fife’s fallen heroes.”

If you can help call Andrew Dowsey on 01592 583 352 or email archive.enquiries@onfife.com