Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut James Elliot Balfour-Melville

Photo of James Elliot Balfour-Melville
House and time at Malvern: No 5, 1896 - 1901.

Regiment: Black Watch.
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 33 in France. Killed in action at Loos.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 78-83

Born 9th July 1882. Son of Leslie M. and Jeanie Amelia Balfour-Melville, of New Club, Edinburgh and 4 Thistle Court, Edinburgh.
Upper IVV. School Prefect. XI Football 1898-1900 (captain); XI Cricket.
Oriel College, Oxford; B.A. 1906; played Association Football v. Cambridge 1902-05 (captain).
Chartered Accountant.
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