Born 9th July 1882. Son of Leslie M. and Jeanie Amelia Balfour-Melville, of New Club, Edinburgh and 4 Thistle Court, Edinburgh.
Upper IV—V. School Prefect. XI Football 1898-1900 (captain) ; XI Cricket.
Oriel College, Oxford ; B.A. 1906 ; played Association Football v. Cambridge 1902-05 (captain) ;
Address: 3 Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh
3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
He played football for Oxford University, captaining the side in 1905. A talented cricketer, he kept wicket for Scotland. He was a chartered accountant.
'In the last year of his life, when he had joined the Army, he lost much of his shyness, and "came out" a great deal, so that people came to know and appreciate him. A letter from his Commanding Officer testifies to his great popularity with officers and men. It continues: "He was sniped through the head and killed instantaneously at the furthest point reached by the regiment in their charge. To have kept his men together, and reached such a point is a feat of gallantry and dash beyond all praise." He was killed in France on September 25th aged 33". ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record: WO 339/4981 Surrey in the Great War