ROBERT CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER
MAJOR IRISH GUARDS
OF COOLALTA, KILLINARDRISH
LATE OF PORTGLENONE HOUSE CO. ANTRIM
FEB. 12. 1900, APRIL 13. 1968.
The headstone bears the crest and motto of the Irish Guards 'Quis Separabit.' The dates 1919-1934 and 1939-1945 possibly indicate periods of military service of Robert Christopher Alexander with the Irish Guards, with the latter period being the duration of World War II.
Robert Christopher Alexander was a member of a distinguished Northern Irish family, his grandfather being Bishop of Meath and two of whose distant cousins were Archbishop of Armagh and Earl Alexander of Tunis. Alexander was too young to take part in WW1, and in WW2 he served in France as an officer in the Irish Guards and took part in the final invasion of Germany. After the war he retired to Coolalta, where he died. His wife, Laura Ina Madeleine Lenox-Coyningham is buried beside him, but separately, in an unmarked grave at her own request (See CO-CCCF-0008). From a prominent Unionist aristocratic family, her father recruited and, at his own expense, outfitted two regiments of the Ulster Volunteers, who were to die in great numbers at the Somme. (Source: ACR Heritage).