Alexander William BIRSS
Alexander was born in Nelson.
He married Gertrude Chittenden (born in Havelock) in Blenheim in 1895.
They had four children, two boys & two girls, one of whom was born in Levin.
Their eldest, Cecil was a 2nd Lieutenant and was killed at Passchendale in 1917..
One son-in-law (Bernard Mullins) served in WW1 & one ( Harry Richards) in WW2.
Alexander started out as a cordial maker in the late 1890's, in Rangiora..He made his way to Levin by 1905 to set up an aerated water & cordial factory. By 1911 he was in Stratford still as a cordial manufacturer.
He tried his hand at farming in Taranaki then as a publican in Carterton. He returned to manufacturing in Hamilton by 1935.
Gertrude was well known as a journalist.