Capt Edward James Alexander, M.C, D.C.M, Croix de Guerre (Fr)

1887 Apr 23. Edward James Alexander born Dublin North, Son of Henry Clement Alexander and Kathleen O'Brien. His father was a Lithographic Artist

1887 May 4. Baptism of Edward James Alexander of 8 Dargle Rd, Drumcondra

1901 census I cannot find him

1905 Aug 8, Joins Dublin Fusiliers Militia. He is living at 9 Dargle Rd, Drumcondra. His father is Henry Alexander, and a younger brother Gordon Alexander

1906 Jun 15. Goes on to join the RDF as a Private.

1910 Oct/Dec married in Longford

1911 census a corporal in RDF at Naas with his wife and child

1916 Dec 21 DCM gazetted

1917 Jan 5, The undermentioned Wt. and N.C.O.s to be 2nd Lts. for service in the Field. R. Dub. Fus. Serjt. Edward Alexander.

1917 Jan. He takes part in a raid and is wounded

1918 Jun 2. The action for which he got his MC was at Petit Bois Section. An enemy post had entered the line through a gap and established itself in a slit trench. The 2nd Battalion history records that it was however quickly ejected by 2nd Lt Alexander with a smart cooperation of Lewis Gun, Stokes Mortar and rifle grenades

1918 Sep 24. MC Gazetted. 2nd Lt. Edward Alexander, D.C.M., R. Dub. Fus. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while leading his platoon in an attack. When held up by a machine gun he rushed the post single-handed and killed three of the enemy with his revolver. After his company commander was killed he organised an attack, supported by Stokes and rifle grenades, on an enemy machine gun successfully, thus enabling the whole objective to be gained. Later, his energy and fine leadership were largely responsible for a strong counter-attack by the enemy being driven off with heavy loss.

1920 Sep 4. Lt E Alexander MC DCM, on half pay list retires on retired pay on account of ill health caused by wounds. And is granted rank of Captain

1920 Jul 30. Joined ADRIC with service no 49 Posted to E Coy

1921 Aug 12. Re-engaged by ADRIC

Fined £2 by Coy Commander

1922 Jan 9. To Depot ADRIC

1922 Jan 14. Discharged