ALEXANDER SELKIRK Biography - Pioneers, Explorers & inventors


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Neil Alexander Selkirk                                                               
Born 22 March 1912, Blantyre, Nyasaland.                                             
Died 23 April 1944.                                                                   
University Link: Graduate: BSc, 1934                                                 
Father's Details: David Selkirk; Chartered Accountant                                 
War Service: Major, Royal Sussex Regiment                                             
Grave / Memorial: Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar                                     
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record                                       
Record last updated: 12th Dec 2007                                                   
Major Neil Alexander Selkirk of the Royal Sussex Regiment was born in Blantyre,       
Nyasaland. He attended Dollar Academy where he captained the rugby, tennis and       
cricket teams and won the Edina Championship Challenge Cup for athletics. He         
studied at the University, captaining the rugby team and gaining a "triple blue"     
in rugby, tennis and athletics, and graduating BSc in 1934.                           
Selkirk worked at the School of Agriculture at Plumpton in Sussex before joining     
the army. He was killed on active service in Burma on 23 April 1944.