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31267   Private Alexander Duff Harkness
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/02/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Wellington Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/11/1888
Died: 16/08/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 29
Alexander Harkness was the son of Adam and Margaret Harkness of Drumconvis, Coagh. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1914. He enlisted with the Wellington Regiment in 1916. After training he arrived back in England in January of 1917. Alexander Harkness died of wounds received in action on 16th August 1918 while serving with 2nd Battalion Wellington Regiment.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bagneux British Cemetery
  Gezaincourt, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 4-C-25
CWGC Casualty 57422
Gezaincourt is a village is situated 2 Kms to the south-west of the town of Doullens. Bagneux British Cemetery lies to the south of the village. There is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost in Gezaincourt village opposite the "Chateau" entrance
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh War Memorial Coagh
2 Coagh Presbyterian Church Roll Of Honour Coagh
3 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 1 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 270
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Harkness family 1901 census lists Alexander as age 11 at house 4 in Drumconway, Coagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Harkness family 1911 census does not list Alexander at house 4 in Drumconway, Coagh, Tyrone
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents (23 no) of Private Alexander Duff Harkness
4 Dolores Cross Project No picture of Private Alexander Duff Harkness's grave
5 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private Alexander Duff Harkness
6 NOK Address in Ireland Mrs Margaret Harkness, Mother, Drumconvis, Coagh, Tyrone, Ireland
7 NZ Passenger Lists Possible listing of Alexander D Harkness
8 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private Alexander Duff Harkness including grave photo
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Alexander Duff Harkness's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023