Lieutenant Lewis Davidson Allan

Biography of Lieutenant Lewis Davidson Allan

Lewis Davidson Allan was born in Glasgow on 30th September 1893, and was the younger son of James Allan, a postman, and Isabella Davidson Allan. He was educated at Woodside Secondary School.

According to the 1911 census, Lewis gained some experience as a student teacher before going on to University in 1913 to study for an M.A. By then his father had died. Lewis was twenty and lived with his mother, brother James and three sisters at 22 Willowbank Crescent, Woodside. He enjoyed two successful academic years before military service demanded his commitment. He went off to join the war effort after passing all his exams at first attempt—Latin and Maths in the first year; English, Political Economy and Logic in the second. He had also been exposed to some of the rudiments of military life as a cadet in the OTC and it was from there that he was gazetted Second Lieutenant to the Royal Scots Fusiliers in July 1915.

Lewis served in Salonika, where he was posted in September 1916 until he was invalided home with dysentery the best part of a year later. In August 1917 he boarded a troop ship again, this time for France. In September 1918 he was still on the Western Front and the war had reached a critical point. The Hundred Days Offensive, the Allies’ final push to break through the Hindenburg line, had begun. Lieutenant Allan fell on 27th September in the fighting around the Canal du Nord, close to Cambrai. A fellow officer wrote to his mother, offering her the comfort that he was killed “instantaneously on the 27th [...] by a shell while gallantly leading his men”. It was just three days before his 25th birthday. Lieutenant Lewis Davidson Alan was buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery between Bapaume and Cambrai, and is remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.

Summary

Lieutenant Lewis Davidson Allan
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 8th Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 27 September 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/638, 942
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/7

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry R8/5/34/1 , R8/5/35/1 , R6/2

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Ch4/4/2/3/638, 942

Scotland’s People

CWGC Debt of Honour

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