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27/09/2016 Spinal meningitis claimed its first victim among the troops in training here this afternoon when Private Alexander Dempsey, of A Company, 18th Battalion, succumbed to the dreaded disease at Victoria Hospital. Dempsey enlisted at Windsor. Every precaution is being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
27/09/2016 From the Montreal Gazette dated 26th March 1915: Meningitis at London, Ontario
27/09/2016 There is no evidence to suggest Alexander ever lived in Kilrea.
27/09/2016 The CWGC record Private Alexander Dempsey as the son of William Dempsey of Calerion Street, Kilrea, Co. Derry, Ireland.
27/09/2016 Private Dempsey is buried in St Peterís Roman Catholic Cemetery in London, Ontario, Canada.
27/09/2016 Private Alexander Dempsey was serving with the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he died in Canada before his unit left for overseas. He died of spinal meningitis in Victoria Hospital, in London, Ontario.
27/09/2016 Alexander Dempsey enlisted on 28th October 1914 in Windsor, Ontario with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. He gave his next of kin as his sister, Mrs E Gow, who was living at 32 Mansion Street, Possil Park, Glasgow.
27/09/2016 Prior to enlisting, he was working as a labourer.
27/09/2016 Alexander Dempsey emigrated to Canada.
27/09/2016 Alexander served eight years with the Kingís Own Scottish Borders.
27/09/2016 Alexander Dempsey was the son of William Dempsey. Alexander was born in Glasgow on 6th February 1881.
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