BAILLIE, Alan La Touche

Baillie, ALTCaptain, 10th Bn., Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Born

June 1894.
Youngest of four sons of the late Sir Duncan Colvin Baillie K.C.S.I. and his wife, Julia Stern, of “The Larches” Tiverton, Devon.

Family

Of his three brothers the two eldest, educated at Charterhouse, both fell in action. The youngest brother, also educated at Blundell’s, survived.

Education

Blundell’s School, a “Day Boy” from the age of 12 years April 1907 – Summer 1914
He was a school monitor member of the school OTC from 1910 to 1914 during which time he reached the rank of Lance Corporal went to camp in 1912 and 1914. He held an open exhibition at Sidney Sussex Cambridge as well as the school exhibition and Huish exhibition. He took a first class in the Mathematical Tripos and won the Woolwich cadetship in 1914.

Death

29th October 1915, aged 21.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave I. M. 23.
Vermelles British Cemetery.

Memorial

Vermelles is a village 10 kilometres north-west of Lens. The cemetery was begun in August 1915, and during the Battle of Loos, when the Chateau was used as a dressing station, Plot I was completed. It was laid out and fenced by the Pioneers of the 1st Gloucesters, and known for a long time as "Gloucester Graveyard". After the armistice the Cemetery enclosure and the memorials were designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew: WO339/13167 Medal Rolls: WO372/
“The Blundellian”
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5171
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission.13/296

 

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