Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1 - generally showing where they are commemorated, when they died and some basic facts about each person. There are gaps, however, so if you can fill in any missing details do please contact us using the form below.

Alexander Rough


Service No:


Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 178th Company



Commemorated / Buried:
Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe

Service History:
Enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne. Formerly 32762, Northumberland Fusiliers.

There is conflicting data about where Alexander Rough was born - has it as Smeafield, Northumberland, other research, notably the 1911 Census, has it as in County Durham. He was born in 1894 or 1895, the son of John Robert & Emma (née Rookes) Rough, of Scots Gap, Boulmer, Lesbury, Northumberland. The 1911 Census shows the family living at Longhoughton Station, where John Rough was working as a railway signalman. Alexander, aged 16, was a rabbit catcher! His siblings were all at school: Rosannah, b. 1896 T Durham; James F., b. 1899; & John R., b.1901; both born in the Parish of Kyloe, Northumberland, probably at Smeafield Station.

Local memorial:
Boulmer, Memorial Hall Plaque Longhoughton War Memorial Longhoughton, St. Peter & St. Paul Church Roll of Honour