2nd Lieutenant Allan John Edmiston

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Allan John Edmiston

Allan John Edmiston was born on 24th May 1898, and was the son of Alexander - a builder and Provost of Rutherglen - and his wife Margaret. The family lived at 46 Overtoun Drive, Rutherglen, and Allan was a pupil at Allan Glen’s School. In 1916 he matriculated in the Medical Faculty and began his studies in the autumn term. He would have been a classmate of Alexander Cameron Cooper. The two young men had much in common. They enrolled in the same classes—Zoology, Anatomy, Botany, Chemistry and Physics. They both left their studies behind in 1917 to serve with the army in France and they both died aged 20 in the same week of August, 1918.

Allan took a commission in 1917 and served as Second Lieutenant in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was attached to the 2nd Battalion, which moved from the Somme to Picardy in April 1918. His two brothers were also on active service during this time.

In May 1918, Allan suffered gas poisoning and a serious lung illness developed. When he was home on leave in July he became very ill and was admitted to Murtle Military Hospital in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire. He died of a pulmonary haemorrhage on the 16th August 1918.

Lieutenant Edmiston is buried at Rutherglen Cemetery. A wall panel in Rutherglen Old Parish Church, erected by the officers of the 2nd Battalion, Scottish Rifles, and the NCOs and men of his company, remembers him as loved and honoured by all. His old school, Allan Glen’s, also preserves his memory on its Roll of Honour.


2nd Lieutenant Allan John Edmiston
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action 16 August 1918. Attended Allan Glens School.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1021, 1024
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Registry - R8/5/37/1

University of Glasgow ROH - Ch4/4/2/3/1021, 1024

CWGC Debt of Honour

Scotland’s People

The Scottish Military Research Group-Commemorations Project (online)

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