Lieutenant Ivan (John) Love Strathern Allan

Biography of Lieutenant Ivan (John) Love Strathern Allan

Ivan Love Strathern Allan was born on 4 September 1890. His family home was ‘The Willows’ in Castlehead, Paisley. Allan was a day (full-time) student of Chemistry at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, known from 1912 as the Royal Technical College and now the University of Strathclyde, from session 1906-07 to session 1911-12. In his first year, he received one of the Diploma Scholarships awarded by the College to the two first year students with the best all-round records. In 1912, he qualified for the Associateship of the College (ARTC) in Chemistry, with Distinction in Theoretical Chemistry. That same year, Allan also passed the requisite examinations to become an Associate of the Institute of Chemistry (AIC). Following his studies, he worked as a Chemist for the firm of William Wotherspoon Ltd at Glenfield Starch Works, Paisley.

He was also a well-known athlete and played rugby and hockey as a member of the Paisley Craigielea Rugby FC and the Cochrane Park Hockey Club.

John had been a member of the Officer Training Corps during his studies and upon the outbreak of war was gazetted to the 7th Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial.


Lieutenant Ivan (John) Love Strathern Allan
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action at Loos, 15 September 1915
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/632
Photo ID: N/A


Information kindly provided by the University of Strathclyde Archives.

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