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Remembered Today:

Pte Gilbert Stitt Allan 10 Black Watch d.2/12/17

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: G S

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Unit Text: 10th Bn.

Age: 24

Date of Death: 02/12/1917

Service No: 10912

Additional information: Son of William and Margaret Allan, of 14, Fredrick St, Aberdeen.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 107.


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& the cemetery info


Country: Greece

Location Information: Kriston is a village some 40 kilometres north of the town of Thessalonika, in the direction of Lake Doiran. The cemetery is 3 kilometres out of the village and is close to the Civil Cemetery (250m) set in farmland, but it is signposted and visible from the road.

Historical Information: From April to June 1917, the 35th Casualty Clearing Station was at Sarigol. It was replaced by the 21st Stationary Hospital, which remained until December 1918. From these two hospitals, 150 burials were made in the cemetery, many of them men who had been wounded in the Allied attack on the Grand-Couronne and Pip Ridge in April-May 1917, and September 1918. In February 1921, 560 graves were brought into Sarigol from Janes Military Cemetery, a few miles to the north, and serving the same front. The cemetery at Janes was on low ground, and, under the normal conditions of this region, it was found difficult to approach and almost impossible to maintain in good order. With a few exceptions, the burials were made from 31st Casualty Clearing Station between August 1916 and October 1918. Sarigol Military Cemetery now contains 682 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 29 war graves of other nationalities.

No. of Identified Casualties: 703

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Gilbert Allan's online MIC index entry can be seen here

I see there is a slight difference between the service number quoted by the CWGC & the service number showing on the MIC index (which is the same as on our daily rememberance banner)...........................Is this a typo on behalf on the CWGC I wonder?

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Scottish National War Memorial info

Surname ALLAN

Firstname Gilbert

Service number S/10902

Date of death 02/12/1917


Place of birth Nicholas Aberdeenshire

Other 10th Bn.


Rank Pte

Theatre of death Salonica.



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Pte. Allan is listed as having died on 2 December 1917. The battalion history mentions that from October - December, 'after the heat of the summer the health of the troops was easily affected by changes in temperature, and many men were unable to do a hard day's work'.

Sickness was widespread and while the health of the battalion improved 'malaria was still prevalent, and there were also many cases of "Mediterranean sores", chiefly on the hands and knees, although these were not so serious as in the previous year'.

I guess Pte. Gilbert Allan was one of those who unfortunately succumbed to disease.


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