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The following post has been contributed by Susan Martin, who is one of the volunteers currently working on the Queen Street project:


Alexander Gordon Veitch is commemorated on the Queen Street Congregational Church’s roll of honour, now in Tettenhall Wood URC. Like some other men on this roll of honour he was not born a Wolverhampton man. Alexander Gordon Veitch was born in Rochdale area in 1888, the son of Robert and Helen Veitch. In 1891 the family was at 44 Falingfold Rochdale, in 1901 at 64 Eastbourne Street, Everton and in 1911 at 64 Lower Hastings Street, Leicester. On the 1911 census Gordon was known as a maths and science student. The link with Queen Street Congregational Church must have been that his father was a congregational minister.

Christian World 3rd May 1917 had the following announcement

Lieutenant A Gordon Veitch son of Rev R Veitch of Leicester has been killed in action in France. He took a brilliant degree at Cambridge and was the mathematical master at Wolverhampton High School. Mr Veitch leaves a widow and a son

More information is provided from “Old Wulfrunians who died in World War One”:

ALEXANDER GORDON VEITCH, M.A., Lieutenant in the 2/1st Battery of the Leicestershire R.H.A was the son of the Rev. R. Veitch, of Leicester. He was educated at the Wyggeston School, Leicester, and at Queen’s College, Cambridge, of which College he was a scholar. At the University he sat for both the Mathematical and Nature Science Triposes with exceptional success. After spending two or three years as a Mathematical lecturer at Bristol University, he came to Wolverhampton Grammar School as Senior Mathematical Master in January 1914, and remained with us till March 1915, when the war claimed his services. His battery was engaged throughout last winter on the Somme, and was moved to the Vimy Ridge when the attack developed there in the spring of this year. He met his end while filling the dangerous position of forward observation officer in an artillery action at Gavrelle, south-east of the Ridge. His Captain wrote of him that he was absolutely fearless and that his loss to the battery was irreparable, so profound was his knowledge of gunnery.

He was killed 23/4/1917 and buried at Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle. Gordon married Eleanor Beatrice Harvey in Yorkshire in Spring 1916 and their daughter (not a son) Muriel was born early 1917 in Leicester. Gordon’s Soldiers Effects which went to Eleanor amounted to £338 11s. Eleanor never remarried and on the 1939 National Register was living in Cambridgeshire and working as a lecturer and examiner in mathematics.