At age 16, in June 1926, Allan moved to the Flying Shot Lake area (Alberta) from Scotland with his Uncle Dick (Robert A.) Eskdale, Aunt Nellie (Helen), and their son Tom. Working on various farms, Allan did plowing, threshing, and driving cattle. In June 1941 he joined the Army. (His cousin Tom also joined the Army in WW II.) While serving overseas in Scotland, Allan met his wife, Jessie, and they were married there. On returning to Canada, Allan once more did farm work for 6 ½ years before buying his own farm on the north side of Flying Shot Lake. He and Jessie had three children: A son, Ken, and 2 daughters Roberta and Kerry. The family enjoyed living in the community with various activities such as annual picnics, dances, Christmas concerts, and card parties. After the two oldest children were grown, Allan, Jessie, and Kerry moved to Drumheller where Allan was a steam engineer at the Federal Penitentiary. Allan died on April 13, 1996 at age 86 in Calgary. Jesse died the same year on August 25; she was 78.
Source: Along the Wapiti p. 412 – Name under WW II Veterans; p. 219 Photo; p. 145 – Family story and photos
Grande Prairie Herald Tribune – April 15, 1996 (Allan); August 26 1996 (Jessie)