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Title 1915 Star trio, 2nd Lt M T Allan, 6th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers (killed in action)
Nationality British
Period c 1920

Marshall Thomson Allan was commissioned 2nd Lt on 1.9.14 on the recommendation of the commandant of Glasgow University OTC. The 6/RSF disembarked at Boulogne on 7.5.16. He was killed leading a rear guard hand grenade attack against overwhelming odds near the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Loos on 27.9.15.

His officer's service papers (some 18 pages in all), which I have obtained, give his official date of death as the 29th. However, two reliable NCO witness statements indicate the 27th as a more likely date. Philip Warner's book on Loos refers in considerable detail to the 6th Bn's part in this battle and the death of this officer, who (according to Philip Warner) was killed by the same bomb as a Viscount Stuart on the 26th or 27th, the second or third days of the battle! There is obviously some confusion about the date of his death - personally, I consider the NCO witness accounts as perhaps the most reliable. The official history of the war (Military Operations France and Belgium 1915, vol 2, page 353) confirms the date as being the 27th - it talks about the 6th RSF and their neighbouring unit having to pull out after heavy German grenade attacks on both flanks. He has no known grave and is commemorated on page 94 of the Loos memorial in French Flanders.

Allan came from Ayrshire and was a medical student at Glasgow University, successfully gaining his degree in 1913, and served in the OTC.

The medals come complete with the original boxes of issue and ribbons. The boxes have broken sides. The medals are in near EF condition, except for the ring on the star which has suffered from verdigris, which I have dealt with. The bronze plaque and death scroll are missing, but, according to the papers, were issued to his mother.

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[Militaria : Medals : British : 20th Century]


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