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Betty McCann, a volunteer at Wolverhampton City Archives, carried out the research on this man.

Alexander Coburn was born 16th March 1896 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. His father was James Coburn who was a golf professional and his mother was Rebecca Coburn. In 1901 the family were living at 11 Princess Terrace, Portrush and consisted of father, mother, Alexander age 3, Thomas 1 year and baby George, together with a servant.

By 1911 the family had moved to live in Nursery Place, West Derby. Their child George had died in 1901 aged only a few months and they had another son called Kenneth.  The family subsequently moved to Wolverhampton where James became the professional Golf Coach at Oxley Golf Club, Stafford Road, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton where the family lived in the Club House.

Alexander enlisted in the Royal Marines Naval Division in Liverpool on 6th October 1914 Reg. PO/17953, serving as Acting Cpl on HMS Zealander with the first RM draft for BEF. He was appointed paid acting lance corporal on 17.4.1917, and acting corporal on 19.10.1917. He was killed by enemy action on 29th October 1917. His body was not recovered for burial; his death is listed on the War Memorial at St.Mary’s Church, Bushbury, Wolverhampton.

The Commonwealth War Graves website gives this information “Rank Corporal Service No:PO/17953 Date of Death: 26/10/1917 Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry 1st R.M. Bn. R.N. Div. Panel Reference: Panel 1 and 162A. Memorial: Tyne Cot memorial.” His name is listed on the Memorial at Portrush NI and he is commemorated in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Portrush