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August 12, 2015
30th IEE Member to Fall in World War 1 - Private A M Doig

Private Alexander McLaren Doig of the I/6th Battalion The Manchester Regiment (T.F.), died 11 August 1915, the 30th member of the IEE to die in World War 1.

Alexander Doig was educated at Ducie Avenue Higher Elementary School, Manchester, where he passed the entrance examination of the Victoria University, Manchester, and also won a scholarship at the Municipal School of Technology, Manchester. He entered the Municipal School of Technology in September 1906 and took the 3 year course in electrical engineering under Professor A Schwartz. He was a brilliant student and won the First Prize in the 2nd year examinations and the Second Prize in the 3rd year final examinations. Alexander then took a post-graduate course at the school and on termination, obtained the University Honours Certificate in Technology in June 1910. In August 1909 he was bound by indenture as a School Apprentice (Electrical) with The British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company Ltd. Upon termination of the apprenticeship in July 1912 Alexander was employed by the company as a Draughtsman in the Transformer Department. He was promoted to Chief Transformer Tester in July 1913 and 6 months later was appointed Engineer in the Drawing Office.

Alexander relinquished his appointment in August 1914 upon receiving his mobilization orders whereupon he joined his Battalion, the 6th Battalion The Manchester Regiment, with whom he had enlisted in the summer of 1912, and went into camp with it at Littleborough, Lancashire. His Division was placed under early orders for Egypt and he sailed from Southampton to the East 10 September 1914. Having spent the early part of 1915 in Egypt, Cyril’s Battalion reached the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in May and was involved in the Battles of Helles (25 April to 6 June 1915). Alexander’s Brigade was involved in the Third Battle of Krithia and for his actions on June 4th 1915 Alexander was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry and initiative as well as being mentioned in despatches. He was wounded in the charge in the early part of the fighting and was subsequently sent to the Military Hospital, Alexandria, where he was under treatment for over 6 weeks, before rejoining his Battalion at Imbros on 27 July. Alexander and his unit took part in the Actions of Krithia Vineyard which began on 6 August and on the 7th he was mortally wounded. He was at once placed on board the hospital ship Tunisian but on his way to Alexandria he succumbed to his injuries and was buried at sea on 11 August 1915.

Private Doig’s obituary was published in the IEE World War I Honour Roll and these details have been reproduced below.


Jon Cable
Assistant Archivist
The Institution of Engineering and Technology


    Posted By: Jonathan Cable @ 12 August 2015 09:17 AM     World War I  

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