Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Captain) George Luard Alexander
Born: 3 April 1883
Died: 5 August 1917
Bio Notes: George Luard Alexander was born in Bayswater, London, the son of Captain Ranald Mitchell Alexander, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Black Watch and his wife Louisa. His educatin was received at Winton House, Winchester, and the Isle of Wight College (Appley House School).

He was a pupil of George Frederick Bodley from 1901 to 1906 and worked as an assistant to Henry Thomas Hare until 1908. He also assisted in the office of R Frank Atkinson and it was presumably there that he met the unrelated Robert Atkinson, who took him into partnership in 1912 in his office at 11 Old Queen Street, Westminster. This was successful and the partnership moved to a more fashionable address at 199 Piccadilly, specialising in theatre and cinema design.

The partnership did not survive the First World War: although Atkinson secured exemption from war service, all the other staff were called up. Alexander had joined the Post Office Rifles at the outbreak of war, was twice seriously wounded, and died near Armentieres on 5 August 1917, killed by an aeroplane bomb. He is buried at the Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-Lys.

Alexander married at Ifield, Sussex on 5 January 1916 Marjorie Mitchell, daughter of Oswald Mitchell Courage, and had a daughter, Joan Mitchell, born 6 November 1916.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2199, Piccadilly, London, EnglandBusiness1912  
Item 2 of 211, Old Queen Street, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness19121912 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4George Frederick Bodley19011906Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Henry Thomas HareAfter 19061908Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Robert Frank AtkinsonAfter 1906Before 1912Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Atkinson & Alexander1912Before 1917Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Charles Marriot Oldrid Scott20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 21912Royal Hotel and cinema  EdinburghScotlandJoint architect for cinema with R M Cameron
Item 2 of 21915The Picture House  AberdeenScotlandWith Robert Atkinson


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2de Ruvigny Roll of Honour   Volume 3, p3 biography and photograph

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder14 September 1917  p156 killed in action