William Alexander's Story.Birkenhead News 05 December 1914
YOUNG GUARDSMAN DIES OF WOUNDS.
Birkenhead Family’s Sad Loss.
News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Emslie, who reside at 11, The Woodlands, Birkenhead, that their son, Wm. Alexander Emslie, has died of wounds in France. He was their second son, and was a private in 1st Battalion Scots Guard. He served two years in Egypt, and when war was declared he was with his regiment on Salisbury Plain. His parents had a letter on Nov. 11th, saying that he was wounded and was being treated at the General Hospital, Boulogne. On Sunday 29th ult., information was received from the War Office, which stated that Private Emslie was dead.
Early in August Private Emslie had a few days’ leave but owing to the outbreak of war he had to return in two days’ time. Prior to joining the Army he was employed at the Birkenhead Lairages. He was 27 years of age and was educated at Cathcart Street School, Birkenhead. He had a great many friends in the town, among whom he was exceedingly popular, and they share with the family in their sad bereavement.