Alfred Hamilton Connell

Alfred Hamilton Connell was born on 28 February 1881, in Glasgow. He was gazetted to Royal Scots Fusiliers as Second Lieutenant on 5 January 1901. Later that year he served in South Africa with his battalion and, as a result, was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with four clasps (Cape Colony, Transvaal, 1901, 1902). He was promoted Lieutenant 23 May 1903, and in 1911 was appointed adjutant of 3rd Battalion RSF. He went to France about 7 July 1915. The original 2nd Battalion RSF had been virtually wiped out at the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914. It was reconstituted from drafts and Connell seems to have been in one of these. On 22 September Col Pollard o/c 2nd Battalion took command of 2nd Brigade and Connell, now a major, took command. He was killed at the Battle of Loos, 28 September 1915, inspecting trenches.