Alexander Gollan
Private Alexander Gollan was born, Dec 15th, 1873 in the parish
of Gamrie in Banff. He was the son of Duncan Gollan a coach
blacksmith and Eliza Murray a domestic servant. The 1881
census records him living at home with parents and younger
sister Janet.

He stated on enlistment that he came from Turiff in Aberdeen
and was by trade a Blacksmith, he joined the Gordon Highlanders
in May 1894, and went over to India on 28.2.1896 and stayed
there until 23.9.1899 when he went to South Africa, he left
there in January 1902 and returned to India where he stayed
until December 1905, he then returned home and left the
services in June 1906.

The relief of Ladysmith clasp is scarce to the regiment in that
the majority of the battalion was besieged at Ladysmith. This
clasp was earned by those who arrived from India some time
shortly after the investment or those that may have been
casualties at Elandslaagte and became separated from the
companies returning to Ladysmith and recovered well enough to
participate in the relief.
India General Service 1895. ‘Punjab Frontier 1897-98’ & 'Tirah 1897-98'
: 5042 Pte A. Gollan, 1/Gord Highrs

Queens South Africa ‘Relief of Ladysmith’ ‘Laings Nek’ & ‘Belfast’:
5042, Pte A.Gollan, Gordon Highrs

Kings South Africa. ‘South Africa 1901’ & ‘South Africa1902’: 5042, Pte A. Gollan,
Gordon Highrs