Alan Fife McCALLUM

Regiment:              Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), 10th Btn.
                              Latterly Labour Corps  

Rank & Number:   
Private, 5401 (RH); 488944 (LC)  

04 June 1884; Fairlie  

                      1971; Largs  

Brother of Daniel, John & William
                               Cousin of Alexander, Andrew, Daniel &
                               Malcolm McCallum

ALAN FIFE MCCALLUM was born 04 Jun 1884 in Fairlie, to parents Daniel, a joiner and undertaker, and Janet Fife, (who married in Largs on 15 Apr 1880).  He died, aged 87, in Largs in 1971.  

After the war he worked at Fife’s yard, and he married Marion McMin on 18 Mar 1938 at St. Margaret’s Church, Fairlie (aged 53, shipwright, of Arran View).   

In the 1891 Census, Alan, aged 6, is living Whin Cottage, Fairlie with parents Daniel (39, master joiner, b Fairlie) and Janet (33, b Fairlie) and siblings Malcolm (8), Christina (3) and Daniel (1)  

In the 1901 Census, aged 16, he is living Rose Bank, Fairlie with parents (49, house joiner) and Janet (43) with siblings Malcolm (18, house joiner), Daniel (11), Christina (13), William (8) and John (2)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 26 and a shipwright, he is living Bay Street with parents Daniel (59, house joiner & undertaker, employer) and Janet (53, m 31 years, 7 children/6 living) and siblings Malcolm (28), William (18) and John (12)    


Named in the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Roll of Honour printed in Dec 1914 (McCallum, Pte. Allan, Whin Cottage, Fairlie, Black Watch).  He enlisted on 14 Sep 1914 (aged 30, yacht builder at Wm. Fife & Son; nok father), and arrived in France with the Expeditionary Force on 20 Sep 1915.  He was transferred to Salonika on 12 Nov 1915, where he remained for almost three years.  He was wounded on 27 Sep 1916, and hospitalised with malaria three times between Aug 1917 and Jan 1918, and with dysentery in Aug 1918.  He was discharged to the Labour Corps in Salonika on 17 Aug 1918, and demobilized on 26 Apr 1919.  His medal index card shows he received the 1914-15 Star and the British war and Victory medals.

Extracts from Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

6 November 1915       
Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded.  

17 June 1916

Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have been received recently from James Ramsay, Wm. Ramsay, John Currie, John Ward, A. Erskine, James Smith, Tom McLaughlin, Charles Rodger, Tom Messenger, Hugh Burden, Wm. Balchin, Tom Miller, Wm. Stewart, John Fraser, Duncan Douglas, Dan McCallum, Allan McCallum, Alex. McLean, Alfred Davis, Arthur Crawford, and a postcard from Robert McLachlan, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.  

21 October 1916
Official intimation has been received by Mr. Dan McCallum, Whin Cottage, that his son Allan McCallum has been wounded in the fighting on the Salonica front.  Fortunately, the injury is slight.

23 November 1918     
Two of our local soldiers are at present here on furlough.  Privates Allan McCallum and Archie Stalker.  The latter was recently wounded and has just been discharged from hospital, while Private McCallum is now enjoying his first leave after a period of almost 3 years service, first in France and latterly in Salonica.

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