His Attestation Papers tell us he was born February 15, 1897 in New Haven Scotland. He immigrated to Canada as a child with his parents.
He was 18 years old on January 3, 1916 when he signed up with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force.
His name was Alexander McKay.
He was 5'4" with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He had a tattoo on his right forearm.
He was the only boy in a family of six kids.
My grandmother's little brother.
He died during the battle of Arras near Vimy Ridge in 1917.
19 years old.
But his name has never been forgotten.
There has been an Alexander in every generation of my family since then.