Lieutenant Allan Adam

Biography of Lieutenant Allan Adam

Allan Adam was born 24 September 1894 in Ellon, Aberdeenshire and was the youngest son of Reverend James Allan Adam and Mary Borland Ewing Adam. Allan was educated at Ellon Public School with his brother John E. Adam, until their family moved to Stirling, where they lived at Killorn Villa. Allan then attended Stirling High School, where he excelled in sports - he was captain of both the cricket and the rugby team, as well as being involved in athletics. He was presented with the 'prize bat' in his final year - awarded for the best batting average of the season.

In 1912, at the age of 18, Allan moved to Glasgow to undertake an Arts Degree at the University of Glasgow. His first year saw him taking classes in Latin, Greek and Mathematics, before studying Latin and Moral Philosophy in his second. In third year he took English and Political Economy. However Allan was not given the opportunity to complete his studies by undertaking a fourth year. While at University he joined the Officers' Training Corps, and in August 1915 he received his commission to the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Allan was made a 2nd Lieutenant on 17 August 1915, before being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 July 1917. His battalion took part in the Battle of the Somme, and were involved in the capture of the village of Beaumont Hamel in November 1916. Allan was hospitalised after receiving a gunshot would in his left thigh, but had rejoined his battalion by April 1917.

Upon returning from injury, Allan joined the Machine Gun Corps. Allan was killed after being hit by a shell while leading his section on 1 October 1918. His Major described his death as "a great loss to his country, and to me personally, as I had taken great affection for the boy", while his Sergeant said "No officer could have been more popular with his men... they were ready to follow him anywhere".

Allan is buried in Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, and is commemorated on the University of Glasgow memorial.


Lieutenant Allan Adam
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 1 October 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/394, 939
Photo ID: N/A

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