Captain James Macallan

Biography of Captain James Macallan

James Macallan was born on the 13th March 1886 at 88 Main Street, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, the fourth son of Andrew Macallan, Banker and Law Agent, and Janet Macallan (nee Alexander), who married on the 13th September 1870 in Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire. The family lived in the National Bank House in Rutherglen. James was educated at Stonelaw Higher Grade School in Rutherglen before moving onto the High School of Glasgow and then the University of Glasgow in 1904 to study Medicine.

James took classes in studied Anatomy, Botany, Chemistry, Midwifery, Physics, Physiology, Surgery and Zoology and he graduated MB ChB on the 14th October 1910. Assistantships in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, and Nantwich, Cheshire, were followed by valuable hospital; experience. When war broke out James was Senior Surgeon at Wigan Infirmary.

James joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in November 1914, and was attached to an East Kent Regiment. During the Dardanelles campaign he had charge of a hospital at Malta. After the evacuation he was sent to India, acting as Medical Officer to the troops at Meerut and at Delhi.

When the new Mesopotamian campaign was initiated he was transferred to the Persian Gulf, and in the advance on Kut-El_Amara was attached to the 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment. On the 6th February 1917, Captain James Macallan was wounded by gunshot in the head, and died of his wounds on the 9th February 1917. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq. A plaque commemorating James Macallan can be seen at Rutherglen Old Parish Church memorial page on the Scottish Military Research Group - Commemorations Project website.

Summary

Captain James Macallan
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds, 9 February 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/751
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/136

Sources

University of Glasgow Faculty, General Council and Registry records.

Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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