Frederick McAlpine

Belfast born Rifleman Frederick McAlpine died on 29th May 1940 during the British Expeditionary Force's retreat through northern France towards Dunkirk.


Frederick McAlpine


Rifleman Frederick McAlpine lived in Co. Armagh before the outbreak of World War Two where he fought in 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles.

Rifleman Frederick McAlpine (7013683) served in 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. He was the son of James McAlpine of Belfast, Co. Antrim. Before the war, he lived in Co. Armagh.

He died on 29th May 1940 aged 19 years old. The Royal Ulster Rifles’ 2nd Battalion made up part of the rearguard of the British Expeditionary Force. In late May, they repelled enemy attacks as the BEF retreated towards Dunkirk.

Frederick McAlpine’s grave is in Grave 10 of Boezinge Churchyard, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His headstone bears the inscription:

He gave his young life that others might live in peace and content for all time.

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