Regiment: Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), 10th Btn. Latterly
Rank & Number: Private, 5401
(RH); 488944 (LC)
Born: 04 June 1884; Fairlie
Died: 1971; Largs
Other: Brother of Daniel, John & William
of Alexander, Andrew, Daniel & Malcolm McCallum
ALAN FIFE MCCALLUMwas 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.
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
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)
SERVICE RECORD 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:-
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.
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.
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.
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