Alick Birnie was a young man from a large family with four brothers and four sisters. He was born in Strichen, Aberdeenshire on 6th November 1891 to George and Elizabeth Birnie. The family moved to Ellon sometime between 1904 and 1911 as George Birnie secured a position at the local General Hospital there as a caretaker. Alick married Elizabeth Jane Scott on 22nd Dec 1915 a week after she gave birth to their baby daughter Georgina on 15th Dec 1915. He first arrived in France on 2nd May 1915. He was given leave of several weeks in December that year to see his newborn baby and to get married. He died on the night of 30/31st of July 1916 at the Battle Of High Wood. He was 24 years old. God Rest His Soul.