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Sergeant Alexander Wallace Munro (Edderton)

42nd Bn., Canadian Highlanders - Service No. 418231

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Sergeant Alexander Wallace Munro was born at Edderton on the 19th of March 1876 to William John Munro and Annie Munro (nee Wallace). He married Lovina Young in Aberdeen and was residing in Tain in 1901 at St Duthas Place with their children Alexander 3 and Alfred 1. His occupation being a draper. The family moved to Montreal, Canada. On the 4th of March 1915, he enlisted in the 42nd Canadian Highlanders. He had formerly been a member of the 4th Seaforth Volunteers for four years whilst in Scotland.

He was killed in Action on the 5th of June 1916. The Battle for Mount Sorrel took place in June 1916. The 1916 British Front Line south-east of Ypres was situated on the high ground of the Ypres ridge at Zillebeke known to the British Army as Mount Sorrel and the double summits of Hill 61 and Hill 62 (called Tor Top). Three divisions of the Canadian Corps were involved in the defence of the line here when the German Army made an attack on 2nd June 1916. Having lost the high ground on the first day of the attack, the Canadians put up a determined fight to recapture the ground, which they did for the most part after 13 days of fighting.

Casualties on both sides were heavy. The Canadians suffered just under 8,500 casualties; of those 1,000 men were killed and another 1,900 were missing. Many Canadians killed in this battle are buried in the nearby cemeteries of Hooge Crater Cemetery and Maple Copse Cemetery. Those who are missing in action and whose discovered remains could not be identified are commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres. He was 40 years old.

Sergeant Munro is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial..