Alexander Johnston Arnot
Born 16/03/1883
Settled in Rawyards, Airdrie
Died 25/04/1915
Father William Arnot
Mother Margaret Johnston

Notes Book on Coatbridge men in World War I says he was a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders. He lived at 1 Hospital Street before joining the army. Whilst in Northern France and Belgium, he wrote a number of letters to George Murdoch (see below) which were published in the Coatbridge Leader between December 1914 and April 1915. He died on 25th April 1915 in the battle for St Julien. 99 officers and men died in this battle in southern Belgium. The Coatbridge Leader of 29th May 1915 has this announcement: "Death of Private Alex. Arnott. Mr George Murdoch, Principal of the Technical School, informs us that Private Alexander Arnott of the second Seaforth Highlanders, was killed in action in Flanders on 25th April. The deceased, who originally belonged to the Rosehill District, was a miner and attended the mining class at the technical school. Since he went out with the Expeditionary Force he had sent home a series of descriptive letters to Mr Murdoch, in which he portrayed in fine easy style, the daily doings of a soldier in the fighting line. Several of these, our appreciative readers will recall, were reproduced in 'The Leader' by the courtesy of Mr Murdoch, and all showed decided literary talent as well as a fine soldier-like sense of duty. Private Arnott, who was 32 (sic) years of age, was married and resided in Rawyards."