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  cap badgePrivate Alexander Allan

17th (Service) Battalion Highland Light Infantry (3rd Glasgow)
Service No: 18297

Alexander Allan grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William (1852-11/01/1888) and Janet Clark Allan (1849-16/10/1941). Husband of Mary Ann Allan (12/06/1886- ) of 37a Whifflet St (Reivers Land), Coatbridge. Father of 3 children, William Allan born 25/03/1909, Samuel Fraser Allan born 23/02/1912 and Elizabeth Allan born 18/03/1913. A Will made by Alexander dated 21/05/1915 left all his property and belongings to his wife. From the 1901 Census - Address - 31d Whifflet St, Coatbridge - Janet Allan aged 52, Robert S C Allan aged 32, William Allan aged 23, Mary Allan aged 18, Alexander Allan aged 16, Agnes Allan aged 13. From the 1891 Census - Address - Watts Land, Coatbridge - Janet Allan aged 42, Robert Allan aged 20, William Allan aged 13, Mary Allan aged 8, Alex Allan aged 6, Agnes Allan aged 3. Alexander's Pension was awarded to his wife Mary on the 02/08/1917.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 37a Whifflet St (Reivers Land), Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 18/11/1916 on the last day of the Battle of the Somme


Hamilton Barracks


Clerk in Speedwell Shell Works, Coatbridge.



Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 15c), Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived in Boulogne on the 23/11/1915 and were part of the 97th Brigade, 32nd Division when Alexander fell. He was Killed in Action on the last day of the Battle of the Somme. Alexander's Medal Index Card states 10th Battalion and that he arrived in France on the 12/05/1915 with the Battalion. The 17th Battalion (3rd Glasgow) was nicknamed The Featherbeds. They got this name after being given cushy billets in Troon when their camp at Gailes was wrecked by a storm. He is also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College and Whifflet U.F Church Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for Alexanders Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his CWGC Grave Registration, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and Alexander's Pension Records x 2.

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