Alexander was born at Yetman NSW to Alexander and Elizabeth McPherson. He attended the local Public School and eventually became a keen Rugby Union player. When he enlisted at Liverpool NSW in April 1915, he was twenty one years old and had been working as a Labourer. After joining the 2nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, he sailed from Australia in the ship HMAT Karoola on 16 June 1915.
His War was very short. After joining his unit at Gallipoli on 6 August, he was Killed in Action sometime between then and 9th August 1915. His family were advised that he had been wounded although it was several months before his death was confirmed. His personal effects - a comforter (probably a scarf), hair brush and comb were returned to his Mother in 1916. It was not until 1922 that the Graves Exhumation Party found his body and identity disc. This disc was later forwarded to his Father.
Alexander's brothers Donald and Martin also served during World War 1.
Private Alexander John McPherson was reburied at Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Along with his brothers, Alexander's name is recorded on the Yetman Honor Roll. The McPherson family contributed funds toward this Honor Roll, unveiled by Mrs. McPherson.
Image: Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 1915