Captain Andrew McAllister

Biography of Captain Andrew McAllister

Andrew McAllister was born on the 6th May 1868 in Killearn, a small village in Stirlingshire. He was the son of William McAllister and Margaret McAllister (née Paterson). Andrew’s father was a Joiner by trade, which brought the family for a time to the Balfron area of Stirlingshire where his father worked for Ballikinrian Estate before residing at Charters Hall near St. Ninains.

Andrew McAllister moved to Glasgow to enrol at the University in 1887 at the age of 19 to study Latin and Mathematics. In his second year he took classes in Greek and Logic and in his third, classes in Moral Philosophy, English Literature and Mathematics. He received recognition for his studies in his senior division Logic and Rhetoric class in 1888-1889, when he was awarded a class prize under Professor John Veitch. In 1891, his final year at the University, he studied Natural Philosophy.

Following his studies at the University of Glasgow Andrew was employed by the British Government and was appointed as Director of Public Works in Old Calabar in Africa where he lived and worked until 1907. Upon retiring from his post, he settled on a farm in nearby Rhodesia with his wife L. G. McAllister.

At the outbreak of war in 1914 Andrew returned to Scotland and secured commission as Captain with the Royal Engineers, Lines of Communication Branch. The crucial Mediterranean lines of communication were established in the summer of 1917 and Andrew was posted in Southern Italy, near the town of Taranto. It was here that Captain Andrew McAllister died in service on the 29th August 1917, aged 49. He is buried at the Taranto Town Cemetery where he is remembered alongside 449 others who lost their lives during the Great War.


Captain Andrew McAllister
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Lines of Communications Royal Engineers
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died on service, 29 August 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1098
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records (GUAS Ref:R8/5/9/6; R8/5/10/6; R8/5/11/6; R8/5/12/6; SEN10/31)

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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