Lieutenant 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards
Service No: 307914
Killed in action 13 February 1945 in the Northern Apennines, Italy aged 20
Alexander, known as Alick, was reported missing, presumed killed in the early hours of 13 January 1945. He was on patrol with a Sergeant and four men to reconnoitre a house, from where the enemy opened fire and the patrol scattered; subsequently Alick was found to be missing. Later that month, a German prisoner, who had been in the house on the night, reported that an English officer had been killed and buried there.
Alick’s bodied was later found and reburied at the Faenza War Cemetary grave VI.E.1. He is also commemorated at Balliol College Oxford on Chapel Passage East Wall and at the Dragon School Oxford. Alick was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star and the War medal 1939-45:
Alick was the son of Bertram and Beatrix Frances Mackay Long of Boar's Hill, Berkshire. He attended Gordonstoun at Plas Dinam in Wales where he was a helper. Before attending Gordonstoun he was at the Dragon School Oxford where he is also commemorated.
Alick’s grave at Faenza carries a Latin inscription, the first line of an ode by Horace - Quis desiderio sit pudor aut modus tam cari capitis? Which has been translated as - What shame or limit is there in our regret for one so dear?