Roll of Honour


David Buchan

MA (St. And)

David Buchan was born on the 28th September 1886 in Alloa, Clackmannanshire. His father, also called David (1856-1916), was a Printer and Publisher and worked for the Alloa Advertiser, his mother was Margaret McGregor Buchan (nee Crawford)(1857-1907), and they had married on the 27th July 1883, also in Alloa. David attended Dollar Academy and then the University of St Andrews, graduating MA from there in 1913.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Following his graduation he came to Divinity Hall in Glasgow, which would later form part of Trinity College, to study to become a Minister. If he had graduated, it would have been in 1918.

David did not graduate, however and in 1914 he enlisted with the 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders. Lieutenant David Buchan was killed in action at the Battle of Arras on the 9th April 1917 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the western part of the town of Arras, in the Pas de Calais region of France.

David was one of seven children, and tragically two of his brothers were also killed during World War 1 - 2nd Lieutenant John Crawford Buchan (1892-1918), 7th Bn. attd. 8th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, died on the 22nd March 1918, aged 25, at Roisel, Somme, France; and Francis Hall Buchan (1897-1918), 11th Bn. Rifle Brigade, died on the 7th August 1918, aged 21, near Ablain-St. Nazaire, north of Arras, France.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry records.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead