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William Alexander (1874-1954)

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Brig-Genl. Sir William Alexander, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.,

1874 Born in Glasgow, son of Thomas Alexander

Educated at Kelvinside Academy; Glasgow University; Gottingen.

1891 Thomas Alexander 52, chemical manufacturer, lived in Kelvinside, Glasgow with Isabella Alexander 42, William Alexander 16, clerk, Isabella Alexander 15, Edith Alexander 13, Thomas Alexander 10, Mabel Alexander 9, Lily Alexander 4, Jessie Alexander 1[1]

1899 Joined Territorial Forces, Lieut.

1901 Thomas Alexander 62, lived in Stirling with Isabella Alexander 57, Wm Alexander 28, soap manufacturer, Edith Alexander 23, Thos Alexander Jr 20, Mable Alexander 19, Jessie Alexander 11, Alexander G Ogston 25[2]

1914 MD of Ogston and Tennant

1915 Major

Awarded D.S.O., mentioned in despatches,

1916-17 Director of Administration, National Explosive Factories, Ministry of Munitions

1917 Brigadier General.

1917-19 Controller of Aircraft Supply and Production

1919-20 Director-General of Purchases

1920 Created KBE

1923-45 M.P. (Unionist) for Glasgow Central

Director of several companies, particularly chemicals

1939 Sir William Alexander lived in Bradfield with Ruby M Alexander and William B Alexander[3]

By 1953 Chairman, Cleveland Petroleum Co. Ltd., London

Chairman of Charles Tennant and Co[4]

1954 Died in Jersey[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1939 register
  4. The Times May 26, 1955
  5. The Times, Jan 01, 1955