Lieutenant James McAllister

Biography of Lieutenant James McAllister

James McAllister graduated from the University of Glasgow BSc in 1914. He was born in Glasgow on 4th December 1892, the second child of David McAllister, a railway engineer, and his wife Agnes.

McAllister was aged eighteen when he first matriculated at the University to study Engineering. He took classes in subjects such as Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry. He also won a prize for his efforts in Physical Laboratory during his first year. In addition to his academic career, he also enrolled as a Cadet in the Engineer Unit of the Officer Training Corps attached to the University. He attended training and camps between 1912 and 1914.

After leaving University, James was commissioned into the North Staffordshire Regiment with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and joined the 4th Battalion Militia. The 4th Battalion was mobilised shortly after the outbreak of the First World War and was sent to Fort George, Guernsey where McAllister undertook his training. He joined the Lancashire Fusiliers in July 1915 and was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant on June 11th 1916, becoming Captain just eleven days later. After finishing serving with the Fusiliers, McAllister then joined the Royal Engineers, serving with the 154th Field Company Royal Engineers in September 1917. He later joined the General Headquarters, becoming a Lieutenant, Royal Engineers in July 1917.

During his military career he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, a British War Medal and a Victory Medal. James was mentioned in a despatch by Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig for “Gallant and distinguished services in the field” dated 16th March 1919. A certificate was awarded later, signed by Winston Churchill, Secretary of State for War on 1st July 1919.

McAllister survived the Great War and worked in a civilian capacity for the government in the Second World War. He described himself at this time as an “engineer and inventor”. He died of cancer on the 5th of March 1967, aged 74.


Lieutenant James McAllister
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 4th North Staffordshire Regiment
Degree: BSc
Awards: 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
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GUAS: DC183/11/45

GUAS: R4/5/51

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