Allan, Robert Grigor


He was the son of William Grigor and Constance Allan of Woodcot, Dollar, and entered College from a preparatory school at Harrogate, being placed second on the Roll. He became Prefect of Chapel in his last year and won the Warden and Fellows’ Prize for Latin Prose. He was elected to a Scholarship at New College, Oxford in December 1914 and left early in 1915 to go to the RMC Sandhurst, obtaining his commission in October of that year in the 2nd Battalion Kings’s Own Scottish Borderers.

He was wounded at High Wood in July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, and on rejoining his unit in January 1917 acted for a time as Adjutant. He fell in the attack on Vimy Ridge on April 9th 1917. It is recorded that the total captured for the Battle of Arras on 9th April was 15,000 prisoners and 200 guns, and the total losses of the 13th Brigade on Vimy Ridge as 7 officers and 280 other ranks. Allan, one of those seven officers, is buried in Loos British War Cemetery.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Allan
  • Forenames or initials: Robert Grigor
  • House: Coll.
  • Years in School: 1910-1915
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • Date of Birth: 19th September 1896
  • Date of Death: 9th April 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: LOOS BRITISH WAR CEMETERY: Grave XVI. F. 14.