Private George Waldo Allan

Biography of Private George Waldo Allan

George Waldo (middle name not recorded on birth certificate) Allan was born on the 31st August 1894 at East Bank Manse, Hawick, Roxburghshire. He was the son of the Reverend Charles Allan, Minister of Finnart United Free Church, and Margaret Allan (nee Adam), residing at Duniera, 93 Newton Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire.

George was a second-year student at the University of Glasgow studying Medicine taking Anatomy, Chemistry and Zoology classes in his first year. In 1914 he had passed his second professional exam in Medicine. He was living at 5 Clifton Place, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow whilst at University.

He went to France on 2nd November 1914 with the 9th Bn. Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders) and was killed in action on 17th May 1915 at Richebourg.

According to his father, Reverend Charles Allan of Duneira, Greenock, Allan was 'mentioned in officers' letters for bravery in going to the help of wounded comrades and said by his own comrades to have earned the Victoria Cross "half a dozen times over"'. Private George Waldo Allan was awarded the 1914 Star posthumously.

Summary

Private George Waldo Allan
Rank: Private
Regiment: 9th Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders)
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 17 May 1915
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/631
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/6

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

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

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