George Henry Sloan

Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Regiment2nd Regiment Scottish Horse
Military Service

c1895 enlisted in the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) and served with them until c1903.

1899-1902 Served in the South African War as a Corporal and was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with clasps for Paardeberg, Dreifontein, Johannesburg, Belfast, Relief of Kimberley.

1911 About April the Hamilton [Canada] Squadron of the Legion of Frontiersmen was formed and George Sloan must have joined because by September 1912 he had transferred from Hamilton to the Vancouver Squadron and was commanding it.

1913 An article in an unidentified Vancouver newspaper describes George Sloan in the following terms: “He is an unusually keen officer, and no one could mistake him for aught but a soldier. He served as a scout and guide with French’s column in the South Africa War, being an ex-Scots Grey.”

1914 George Sloan came over to fight with the Toronto Light Horse in the 1st Canadian Contingent and was commissioned into 2nd Scottish Horse on  14 November as a temporary captain.

1915 The 2nd Scottish Horse, part of the Scottish Horse Mounted Brigade, left for the Dardanelles where it landed at Suvla on 2nd September.


2nd June 1878 Glasgow

Death16th November 1915
Circumstances of Death

Sloan was severely wounded at Suvla Bay on the 9th November 1915 while attempting to rescue one of his Lance Corporals and subsequently died

BurialLala Baba Cemetery, I. D. 3
Lala Baba Cemetery

Lala Baba Cemetery

CWGC Information

Son of Samuel Sloan, M.D., and Elizabeth Macfarlane Sloan, of Glasgow; husband of Lavinia C. Somerville Sloan, of 15, Harvey St., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Samuel Sloan, MD (1843-1920) and Elizabeth McFarlane (1848-1923)

Father's Occupation

Medical doctor


John (c1873-), Samuel (c1876-), Elizabeth (c1878-), Mary (c1880-), Alice (1881-), Archibald (c1883-), Nora (c1884-), William, Jessie


Lavina Somerville, married 1912 Hamilton, Ontario. In 1921 census of Canada, Lavinia is shown as living with her parents in Hamilton, ON


Hillhead High School,Glasgow
Allan Glen’s School, Glasgow


Clerk (1906)

1881 Census

4 Newton Terrace, Glasgow

1891 Census

Somerset Place, Glasgow

1901 Census

Not found. In South Africa?

1911 Census

Not found

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Delta Lair 195
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Allan Glen’s School War Memorial

Other Information

According to George Sloan’s pre-marriage affidavit he had been living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada since May 1904.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Hillhead High School War Memorial Trust, Glasgow, Ancestry (, Findmypast (

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

Family Search –

The Long, Long Trail –

Scotlands People –

The Scottish War Memorials Project –

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1924, volume 2

Shandro, B W. Legion of Frontiersmen in Canada, a timeline 1904-1929. Part Two: 1908-1913.



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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