Archibald Allan MC
Date of Death: 17/06/1918
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (4th Bn.)
Cemetery: Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery
Additional information: Son of Rev. James and Mary Allan of Shettleston, Lanarkshire, M.A., BSc., N.D.A.
Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Rev. James and Mrs. Allan, 5 Huntly Terrace, Shettleston.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour information: s. of the Rev. James Allan of 5 Huntly Terrace, Shettleston. Minister of the Carntyne United Free Church, by his wife, Mary, dau. of John Muir; b Shettleston 31st December 1889; educ. Tollcross; Whitehill; Glasgow University and the West of Scotland Agricultural College; was a Research Student; joined the 6th Battn. The Cameron Highlanders 14th Oct. 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from July 1915; was wounded 2 Sept.; returned to England at the end of the month and after a period of training at Rip was gazette 2nd Lieut. To the Scottish Rifles 23 Dec. 1915; transferred to the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in June 1917; promoted Lieut. 1 July and Acting Capt. 23 Aug. 1917; returned to France in Sept.1916 taking an active part in the Battle of the Somme; proceeded to Italy in Nov. 1917 and died at No. 24 Casualty Clearing Station 17 June 1918, from wounds received in action on the 15th of that month. Buried in the Communal Cemetery Extension, Montecchio, Precalcino. His Commanding Officer, Lieut.-Col. Bartlett, wrote: “I have lost a good comrade and a most gallant officer, whom it is impossible to replace,” and the Chaplain: “Capt. Allan was one of the best men in the battle from every point of view, and was greatly respected by his fellow officers and men.” He was awarded the M.C. for conspicuous courage and ability, coolness and initiative. Capt. Allan had a brilliant scholastic career. He graduated at the Glasgow University M.A. and B.Sc.
Glasgow University information: Archibald came to Glasgow University in September 1908 and graduated MA on the 22nd November 1913, and also BSc in Agriculture on the 22nd June 1914.
Soldier’s Effects information: Rev. James Allan.
1901 census information:
Address: Manse, 5 Huntly Terrace, Shettleston.
Father: James (42) Minister Carntyne UFCH, born about 1859 in Rutherglen.
Mother: Mary (42) born about 1859 in Rutherglen.
Self: Archibald (11) born about 1890 in Shettleston.
Sister: Bessie W (8) born about 1893 in Shettleston.
Sister: Maggie W (5) born about 1896 in Tollcross.