David Anderson Allan

Military Information

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  • Rank: Chief Engineer
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  • Regiment/Service: S.S. Mexico City
  • Unit/Ship: Mercantile Marine
  • Place of Death: Lost at Sea
  • Age at Death: 48
  • Date of Death: 05.02.1918
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  • Cemetery: Tower Hill Memorial, London
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Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
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  • Mother:

    Charlotte Allan

  • Father:

    John Allan

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Mary Lawson Allan (nee Clark), 1 Leebank Tce, Broughty Ferry

  • Children:

    2 Sons (names unknown)

More about David Anderson Allan

David was serving aboard  S.S. Mexico City which was a 5,078grt, defensively-armed British Merchant ship built in 1896 by Sunderland Shipbuilding Co for W. Lund, London as the S. S. NARRUNG  as a passenger/cargo vessel. In 1913 she was purchased by Eng Hok Fung SS Co. and renamed Mexico City.


On the 5th February 1918 when 15 miles W by S ½ S from South Stack, Holyhead, Wales she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by German submarine U-101. 29 lives lost including Master. Vessel was on route from Liverpool to Alexandria with a general cargo.

For reasons unknown this man is not listed on the original Dundee Roll of Honour

David Anderson Allan   Chief Engineer


Mrs Allan, Lea Bank, West Ferry, has received intimation that her husband, Chief Engineer David Anderson Allan, is presumed to have drowned at sea.

Deceased has been missing since 5th February, on which date the vessel he was serving on was torpedoed and sunk.  He was well known in the district, and is survived by a widow and two sons.

Dundee Courier 5th April 1918

David A Allan was the son of Mr John and Mrs Charlotte Allan and was the husband of Mrs Mary Lawson Allan, nee Clark, of 1 Leebank Terrace, Broughty Ferry. The Mexico City was a steam passenger and cargo ship and was sunk on 5 February 1918 by torpedo fired by the German submarine U-101 approximately 15 miles South West of the South Stack Rock lighthouse on Anglesey in North Wales. She was en route from Liverpool to Alexandria, Egypt with a general cargo. Twenty nine died in the sinking and their names are either on the Tower Hill Memorial in London or the Hong Kong Memorial in Hong Kong. David Allan is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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