Private George Waldo Allan

Biography of Private George Waldo Allan

George Waldo Allan was born in 1894 in Hawick, Roxburghshire. He was born to the Reverend Charles Allan, a minister, and his wife Margaret, and lived along with his brother Robert and sister Jean at 93 Newton Street, Greenock.

In 1912 at the age of 18, George enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study Medicine, moving to 5 Clifton Place, Sauchiehall Street. He took classes in Zoology, Chemistry and Anatomy in his first year.

With the outbreak of the First World War, George put his studies on hold and joined the 9th Highland Light Infantry as a Private. He was killed in action at Richebourg on Monday 17 May 1915 aged 21, that was reported by the Greenock Telegraph on 25 May 1915. His death was commemorated on the family head stone at Ballengeich Cemetery, Stirling, with an inscription reading ‘Son of Rev, Charles Allen laid his life down at Richebourg L'Avoue’. His classmates also paid tribute to him in their end of year medical dinner, with a Lord Byron quote: He rushed into the fields and foremost fighting fell.

Private GW Allan's can be found on the University's WWI Roll of Honour.


Private George Waldo Allan
Born 1894.
Died 17 May 1915.
University Link: Student
GU Degree: Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, 1912-13;
Occupation categories: military; students
Record last updated: 10th Feb 2014

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