Lieutenant Marshall Thomson Allan

Biography of Lieutenant Marshall Thomson Allan

Marshall Thomson Allan was born in Glasgow in 1889 to parents George and Jessie Allan of Kilbirnie, Ayrshire. The son of a doctor, Marshall followed in his father’s footsteps to study medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1908 having previously attended the university’s summer session. He had addresses on Vinicombe Street and Hyndland Road during his time at the university.

Although Marshall Allan came to the university at the age of 19 he took a break from his studies and returned in 1913 for his second year of studying medicine at the age of 24. The outbreak of war came at the end of his second year and interrupted his undergraduate study in 1914.

Allan was a member of the University Officer Training Corps and when war broke out he served as Lieutenant with the 6th Royal Scots Fusiliers, which formed in Ayr in August 1914. He was killed in action in France at the age of 26, dying on the 27th September 1915 at the Battle of Loos.

Lieutenant Marshall T Allan is listed on the Loos Memorial, which is located in the Dud Corner Cemetery near the village of Loos-en-Gohelle in France. This area was a German strong point captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave.


Lieutenant Marshall Thomson Allan
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 6th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 27 September 1915
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Biography: University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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