Lieutenant George McCallum

Biography of Lieutenant George McCallum

George McCallum was born on the 13th April 1890 in Paisley, Renfrewshire. George was one of five sons born to his father, John McCallum, later Sir John, of Messrs. Isdale & McCallum, Ltd., Soapmakers, and his mother, Emma McCallum (nee Lemay), and they lived on Thornly Park Avenue in Paisley.

George was educated at Milton School, Paisley, then the High School of Glasgow, before coming to the University of Glasgow in 1909 to study Medicine. He graduated MB ChB just before the outbreak of war on 15th August 1914. For a time he was Resident Physician in the Royal Alexandra Infirmary in Paisley.

George then took a commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps in January 1915 and went to the Front in May 1915 attached to the 5th Bn. Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. He fell at Hooge on the 31st July 1915, aged 25. He is commemorated in Ypres on the Menin Gate. Sadly, the news of his death was so severe a shock to his father as to bring on a fatal illness.


Lieutenant George McCallum
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 31 July 1915
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Courtesy of The High School of Glasgow: The Book of Service and Remembrance


University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry records.

Obituary and Photograph: The High School of Glasgow: The Book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)

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

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