Private William Thomas Edward Alexander was the son of Edith Alexander, of Highworth, and grandson of Mrs E J Alexander, also of Highworth.
He originally enlisted with The Wiltshire Regiment, before volunteering for airborne forces in the Middle East. He qualified as a military parachutist at Kabrit on course 38 and joined C Coy, 156 Parachute Battalion. .
He deployed to Italy and returned to the UK with 1st Airborne Division at the end of 1943 to prepare for the invasion of north-west Europe. After several aborted operations, Private Alexander took part in the Battle of Arnhem, during Op Market Garden.
Private Alexander was badly injured during the battle and became a prisoner of war (PoW) held at Stalag IVB. After the liberation of the PoW camp, he was subsequently transported back to the UK, but died of his wounds on 3 July 1945, aged 23 years old. He is now buried at Highworth Cemetery, Wiltshire.
Headstone photograph courtesy of Major James Brudenell.