Alexander, “ Earl of Tunis” Harold Rupert Leofric George, born in London 10-12-1891, the third son of James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon, and the Countess of Caledon, a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Norbury. Alexander was educated at Hawtreys and Harrow School, there participating as the 11th batsman in the sensational Fowler’s Match against Eton College in 1910. Though Alexander toyed with the notion of becoming an artist, he went instead on to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Alexander married Lady Margaret Diana Bingham, daughter of George Bingham, 5th Earl of Lucan on 14-10-1931. They had three children together and adopted a fourth, Lady Rose Maureen Alexander (born 28-10-1932, died 21-08-2017), Shane William Desmond Alexander, 2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis (born 30-06-1935), Hon Brian James Alexander, CMG (born 31-07-1939)and Lady Susan Mary Alexander (born 26-02-1948) (adopted).
In September 1911, Alexander entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Irish Guards. He was promoted to lieutenant in December 1912. Alexander spent most of the First World War on the Western Front. As a 22-year-old platoon commander in the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, he served with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in 1914. He took part in the retreat from Mons and was wounded at First Ypres and invalided home. He was promoted to temporary captain on 15-11-1914 and permanent captain in the newly raised 2nd Battalion on 7 February the following year
He rose to prominence through his service in the First World War, receiving numerous honours and decorations. During his service on the Western front, Alexander was wounded twice in four years of fighting. For his bravery and sacrifice, he received in January 1916 the Military Cross. He was the life and soul of the attack, and throughout the day led forward not only his own men but men of all regiments. He held the trenches gained in spite of heavy machine gun fire. Earl Alexander was also inducted into the French Légion d’Honneur. After the defeat in France in 1940, he successfully led the division’s withdrawl to Dunkirk.
Death and burial ground of Alexander, “ Earl of Tunis” Harold Rupert Leofric George.