James Allan

Bank: Commercial Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Whitburn branch

Died: 17 January 1917


James Gibson Allan was born in Whitburn in 1897, the son of Robert Allan and his wife Margaret. In November 1914 he went to work for Commercial Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Whitburn branch.


During the First World War Allan joined the army, serving as a Private in the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). He died of pneumonia in France on 17 January 1917. He was 20 years old.


James Allan is commemorated on a bank war memorial at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

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Christine Corser December 30 2014 8:53AM

So glad to find this remembrance of my mother's uncle James who died in World War One in France. Only 20 years old. His father was Robert Allan and his mother Margaret Gibson. In your archive you wrote Robert Gibson Allan which we don't think is right. But thank you so much - we are so thankful to have found something about James.


NatWest Group Remembers team January 02 2015 1:29PM

Hi Christine, thanks for your comment. I think you're right that we'd made a mistake about James's father's name, so I've corrected our text to reflect that. Thanks again.