Brother of Norman McLeod Allan of Windsor, Ontario. Born on May 10, 1881 in Hamilton, Ontario. Son of the late Henry Allan, formerly MPP for South Essex. Nephew of Sir John Gibson.
Previous military experience: Canadian Mounted Rifles and Royal Canadian Dragoons, two years. Served in South Africa with distinction, where he received a medal with two clasps. (London Free Press, June 6, 1916)
Attended Upper Canada College.
Lived and worked in British Columbia prior to enlistment. Name reported in Prince Rupert Daily News as a resident of the region.
Burial card: "Killed in action. Was instantly killed by a piece of universal shrapnel which penetrated his skull. Ypres."