Castle Connell, County Limerick – The community of Castle Connell and beyond is in mourning following the recent passing of Captain Alexander David Fraser, a distinguished and respected soldier who succumbed to enteric fever in Kimberley. Captain Fraser’s legacy is one of valour, dedication, and unwavering service to his country.
Born in the year 1854, Captain Fraser was the elder son of General Hon. Sir David Macdowall Fraser, R.A, of The Grange, Castle Connell, County Limerick. His path in life was marked by a deep commitment to a military career that would ultimately see him rise to prominence in the ranks.
Captain Fraser embarked on his military journey in August 1876 when he joined the 98th Foot as a lieutenant. However, it was clear from the outset that he possessed the qualities of leadership and resilience that would set him apart. His dedication to duty and unwavering sense of honour led him to transfer to the Gordon Highlanders, a regiment that would become synonymous with his illustrious career.
Throughout his years in service, Captain Fraser participated in numerous campaigns that bore testament to his unwavering courage and commitment to his nation. Notable among these campaigns were his valiant contributions during the Afghan War of 1879-80, the South African War of 1881, and the Soudan operations of 1884-85. His actions in the face of adversity earned him the respect and admiration of his comrades and superiors alike.
Captain Fraser’s dedication and leadership qualities did not go unnoticed, and in 1886, he earned a well-deserved promotion to the rank of Company Commander. His leadership on the battlefield and his dedication to the welfare of his men set a standard for others to follow.
In March 1900, Captain Fraser took on a new role as he was appointed Captain in the Imperial Yeomanry. In this capacity, he served as a Railway Staff Officer to the Commander at Taungs in the Kimberley section of the lines of communication. His adaptability and willingness to take on diverse roles further underscored his commitment to serving his country in any capacity required.
The passing of Captain Alexander David Fraser leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him, both in Castle Connell and within the wider military community. His legacy of valour, service, and unwavering dedication to duty will forever be etched in the annals of military history. As Limerick mourns the loss of one of its distinguished sons, Captain Fraser’s memory will continue to inspire generations to come.
Loftus Advertiser – Friday 10 May 1901