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Alexander Booth (1891 - 1915)

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Alexander Booth
1891 - 1915
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c. 1891
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September 25, 1915
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Alexander Booth was born c. 1891. He died on September 25, 1915 at 24 years of age.
Updated: July 24, 2019
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Service number: 933 Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment: Gordon Highlanders Unit/ship/squadron: 6th Bn.
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Alexander Booth died on September 25, 1915 at age 24. he was buried in Ypres (menin Gate) Memorial Panel 38., Belgium. He was born c. 1891. We have no information about Alexander's immediate family.
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1891 - 1915 World Events

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In 1891, in the year that Alexander Booth was born, on March 14th, a lynch mob stormed the Old Parish Prison. The mob lynched 11 of the 19 Italians who were arrested for - but found to be innocent of - the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy.

In 1900, by the time he was just 9 years old, the Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud published his book (written in 1899) "The Interpretation of Dreams". Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud in May of 1856, is the "father of psychoanalysis". Although he was a medical doctor, he was fascinated with the psyche and hypothesized the existence of the id, the ego, the superego, the libido, the unconscious, the Oedipus complex, and more. These are concepts that are still used by modern psychology.

In 1903, by the time he was merely 12 years old, the silent film, The Great Train Robbery opened. Although it was filmed in Milltown, New Jersey, it was a Western. Twelve minutes long, the film used a lot of innovative techniques - some scenes were hand colored and composite editing, on-location shooting, and frequent camera movement were used. Its budget was $150 (about $4000 currently) and was the most popular film until 1915 when Birth of a Nation was released.

In 1915, in the year of Alexander Booth's passing, the Germans first used poison gas as a weapon at the second Battle of Ypres during World War I. While noxious gases had been used since ancient times, this was the first use of poisonous gas - in this case, lethal chlorine gas - in modern war. Subsequently, the French and British - as well as the United States when they entered World War 1 - developed and used lethal gas in war.

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