Regiment:                Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 11th Btn.  

Rank & Number:     
Private S/6986)  

18 January 1890; Whin Cottage, Fairlie  

                        23 April 1917; France (killed in action)

Other:                      Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France
                                Brother of Allan, John & William McCallum
                                Cousin of Alexander, Andrew, Daniel & Malcolm

DANIEL MCCALLUM was born 18 Jan 1890 in Whin Cottage, Fairlie, to parents Daniel, master joiner, and Janet Fife, (who married in Largs on 15 Apr 1880).  He was killed in action, aged 27, in France on 23 Apr 1917, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and the Fairlie War Memorial  

He was a boy telegraph messenger at Fairlie post office, and subsequently a postman at Millport and Greenock, before being finally transferred to Toward.  At the outbreak of war he was studying for a sortership, but set aside his studies to enlist.  

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

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

In the 1911 Census, aged 21 and a postman, he is boarder at Taynuilt Cottages, Dunoon    

The Largs & Millport Weekly News added him to the Roll of Honour of enlisted men on 26 Dec 1914 (McCallum, Pte. Daniel, Whin Cottage, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders).  His medal index card shows the first theatre of war entered was France on 9 Jul 1915.  He was seriously wounded in the foot in October 1915, and was hospitalised in Lincoln for ten months.  He returned to the front in October 1916, where he was killed in action on 23 Apr 1917.  He received the 1914-15 Star and the British war and Victory medals.

Extracts from Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

26 December 1914     
Roll of Honour: McCallum, Pte. Daniel, Whin Cottage, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders  

17 July 1915
Private Daniel McCallum, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, left for “somewhere on the continent" last week  

30 October 1915
Mrs D. McCallum, Bay Street, Fairlie, received a postcard from her son Private D. McCallum stating that he has been wounded and sent to the base.  

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.  

18 December 1915  
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Up to date, the number of parcels sent out is about 95, and the most recent acknowledgements received are from Sergt. Davis and Pte. Dan. McCallum (hospital), Driver J.M. Fraser (France), Pte. J. Ward, Pte. J. Miller, Gr. Wm. Ramsay, Corpl. Blakley and Sergt. Hugh Burden (Dardanelles).  

26 February 1916       
Fairlie Cigarette And Tobacco Fund:  Letters of thanks have lately been received from Trooper Wm. Balchin, Gunner James Ramsay, Private T. McLaughlin (Dardanelles Force), Private Alex. McLean (Salonica), Gunner Tom Messenger, Private John Boyd, Driver John Fraser, Corpl. Duncan Douglas (France), Sergt. A. Davis, Private John McLaughlan, Dan McCallum, and David Thomson (hospital).  

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.  

12 August 1916  
Private Dan McCallum, A.&S.H., son of Mr. Daniel McCallum, who was seriously wounded in France some ten months ago and has since been in hospital in Lincoln undergoing treatment, arrived home on Saturday for a short stay.  We are glad to see Dan looking so well, although his foot is still giving him trouble.  

14 October 1916        
Private Dan McCallum, who was wounded almost a year ago in France, was home at the weekend on furlough prior to returning to the front again.  

2 June 1917
Toll Of War:  Official intimation has been received by Mr and Mrs Daniel McCallum, Whin Cottage, Fairlie, that their third son, Pte. Dan McCallum, A.&S.H., was killed in action in France on 23rd April.  Pte. McCallum, who was one of four brothers on service, was as a boy telegraph messenger at the local post office, and subsequently was a postman at Millport and Greenock, being finally transferred to Toward.  At the outbreak of war he was studying for a sortership, but at the call of his country set aside his studies to don the khaki.  After seeing considerable service at the front, he was seriously wounded in the foot in the fighting succeeding the Battle of Loos, and for almost a year was confined to hospital.  On his recovery he was again drafted for service, and was in the thick of the present fighting from the beginning.  Of a quiet and unassuming character he was held in the highest esteem wherever he went, and his death comes as a severe shock to a large circle of friends who to the bereaved parents and family extend their deepest sympathy  

2 June 1917
Death, On Service: McCallum – Killed in action in France on 23 April, Private Daniel McCallum, A&SH, aged 27, son of Mr. and Mrs Daniel McCallum, Whin Cottage, Fairlie. 

    Daniel McCallum (standing left)

Images courtesy May Kohn

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