2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Alexander McIlree was born at Annahavil near Cookstown and worked for Alexander Barclay at Drapersfield before joining the Inniskillings in November 1913. He was one of eight boys from the same family to join up for service during the First World War. Alexander’s body was discovered on the battlefield by two soldiers. In forwarding home his personal belongings they sent a letter saying that he had fallen in action near them, being struck by shell shrapnel and had died a soldiers death, fighting for King and Country.
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.