1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Alexander Neilson

Contributed by: Jen Muir, on 2008-11-11

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First Name Alexander
Surname Neilson
Year of Birth 1891
Year of Death 1980
Regiment Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Place of Wartime Residence Beith, Ayrshire and Arran

Alexander's Story

My great, great uncle was arrested at Stirling Castle on 26 Jan 1917 having been called up for service with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He was arrested when he refused to put his uniform on. His time in prison was served at Wormwood Scrubs, Calton Jail (Edinburgh) and Perth Prison, and there may be more we don't know about. He was a member of the No-Conscription Fellowship.

He had the guts to object and live with the consequences.

His sister was Marjory Newbold (nee Neilson), her husband was John Turner Walton Newbold (known as J.T. Walton Newbold) who went on in the early 1920's to become the first Communist MP to take his seat in the House of Commons. Marjory herself was prominent in 'Red Clydeside' politics and was a feminist and teacher, one of her posts was at Wishaw High School and she was a British delegate with a vote at the Second Congress of the Thrid International in Russia in 1920 at a time when it was illegal for British citizens to travel there so her travels had to be in secret.

I'm proud that my ancestors had the guts to stand up for what they believed in and never waiver. Alexanders time in prison cannot have been easy but he did the time. I hope that if God forbid we were to be in the same situation again I would have the guts to stand up for what I believe in - Peace!

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