Lobbans killed in WW1

I have attempted to find all Lobbans/Lobans who were killed in World War I, and to include the names of their parents and earliest known ancestors.  If anyone has any of the missing information, or corrections, please contact me. Links to trees are to the MyHeritage.com locations of trees in the Sydney Lobban Collection.

The number of U.K. soldiers killed/died in WW1 was 743,702 (source). The number of Lobbans in the U.K. population (see Frequency and Distribution page) rose from 12 per million in 1881 to 16 per million today. The number of U.K. deaths listed here so far is 9, so right in line with the frequency.

Gordon Highlanders’ Roll of Honor, Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Jan Lobban-Shymko. Click images to enlarge.
Gordon Highlanders’ Honor Roll, WW1: Lobbans. Photo by Jan Lobban-Shymko


Sgt. John Lobban (1882–1914), 9110,  1st Btn. Gordon Highlanders. Died of wounds in Ypres, Belgium, 14 Dec. 1914, age 32.  Born 18 Apr. 1882 in Archiestown, Knockando, Morayshire, the son of John Lobban (agricultural laborer in Hopeman, Moray) and Ann Paterson. He was a dockworker and blacksmith. Enlisted in Glasgow Sep. 1912 and there married Elsie Cameron, nurse, 21 Oct. 1912. John seems to be the only Lobban in this list of fallen who was married. John’s younger brothers both survived the war (see survivors page). Their earliest known ancestor is Andrew Lobban (b. ca. 1590, Rothiemay area), married Janet.  (tree)

Pte. Robert Lobban  (1897–1915), 1508, 6th Btn. Gordon Highlanders. Died 14 May 1915, age 17 in Broadstairs, Kent of wounds in action in France/Flanders. Born in Buckie, Alford, Aberdeenshire, 13 June 1897; enlisted in Alford. Son of John Lobban and Margaret Dickson. The earliest known ancestor is George Lobban (b. ca. 1710 in Rathven) m. Mary Clark (tree).

Pte. Alexander James Lobban (1899–1916), 3368, 5th Btn. Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action in Calais, France, 26 Mar. 1916, age 16. Born at 65 Gellymill St., Macduff, Banffshire, 22 Oct. 1899, son of Alexander Lobban (farm servant) and Jane Gallon (domestic servant). Enlisted in Peterhead. Buried in Maroeuil Cemetary, Pas-de-Calais, France. (tree)

Cpl. Alexander Lobban (1891–1916), 11616, 6th Btn. Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action in The Somme, France, 23 Oct. 1916, age 24. Born 24 Dec. 1891 in Uppermill, Ordiquhill, Banffshire, son of James Lobban (farmer) and Mary Allan. The earliest known ancestor is John Loban (b. ca. 1710, possibly Rothiemay), m. Anna Milne (tree).

Pte. John Lobban (1897–1917), 202365, 4th Btn. Gordon Highlanders. Died of wounds in France/Flanders, 21 Apr. 1917. Born 1897 in Tronpsmill, Drumblade, Aberdeenshire, son of James Lobban of Loanend, Kinnoir (Huntly) and Mary Ann Mann. Enlisted in Aberdeen. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetary, Etaples, Pas-de-Calais, France. The earliest known ancestor is George Loban of Loanend, father of John Lobban (1777-1869) (married Jane Robertson 1777- ) (tree).

Captain Gustavus Taylor-Loban (1877–1917), Royal Flying Corps, H.M. Army. Killed by accident, 7 June 1917 at Montrose, Forfarshire (now Angus), age 40 and is buried there. He was born in Holborn, Middlesex, 30 Apr. 1877 (baptised in London 19 Sep. 1894), the son of Robert Alexander Taylor Loban (accountant, born  St. Nicholas, Aberdeen, abt. 1855) and Grace MacLean. Taylor was his grandmother’s maiden name. Gustavus added the hyphenation to his name. He attended the London School of Economics and at the 1911 Census was a Civil Servant – Valuation. He was a Captain in the 15th Durham Light Infantry when he earned his flying certificate in a Maurice Farman Biplane, 3 Aug. 1916 at the Military School, Ruislip. The earliest known ancestor is John Loban (b. ca. 1710, possibly Rothiemay), m. Anna Milne (tree).

Cpt. Gustavus Taylor-Loban in 1916, from the Royal Aero Club Aviators’ album.


Sgt. James Lobban ( -1918), 42498, 25th Btn (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action in France/Flanders, 23 Mar. 1918. Born and enlisted in Sunderland.

Pte. George Lobban (1896–1918), 202057, 4th Btn. Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action in Doignes, Pas-de-Calais, France, 25 Mar. 1918. Born 9 Jan. 1896, Boydie, Banffshire, son of Alexander Lobban and Susan Christie Gillies. Enlisted in Aberdeen; see memorial photo below. The earliest known ancestor is Thomas Lobban (b. 1747, Mortlach, Banffshire) married Elspet Clarke (1750-1841) (tree).

Rfn. Clifford John Lobban (1898–1918), 41546, 12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Died 27 April 1918 at Boulogne, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, of wounds (gas), age 20. Son of John and Grace Lobban of Gillingham, Beccles, Suffolk.   His father, an engineer labourer/boilermaker, was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire and emigrated to England. There he married Elizabeth Grace Ellwood and settled in Beccles, where most of their children were born. The earliest known ancestor is William Lobban, b. 29 May 1732 in Kinnairdy, Marnoch, Banffshire, married Margaret Reburn of Grange  (tree).

William Wilson Lobban (1873–1918), 4831/DA, Royal Naval Reserve, deck hand on HM Drifter Frigate Bird and was decorated with Distinguished Conduct Medal. He died in service at home in Buckie, 21 Nov. 1918, of ‘cancer of cardiac end of stomach.’ He was the son of George Lobban, shoemaker, and Isabella Pirie, born at Buckie 27 Jul 1873. He married Helen Jane Reid.  Source.  His grave, No. 285 in Buckpool Cemetary reads, “In Loving Memory of William Lobban RNR (DSM) of ‘HMD Frigate Bird’ who died 21 November 1918 aged 44; and his wife Helen Jane Reid died 24 December 1965 aged 90 years; also their son Charles Lobban RNR, lost off Dunkirk May 1940, aged 27 years”.  (Rothiemay Area Lobbans).


Lobbans on Memorial, New Byth (Turriff). Not clear which Alexander Lobban is referenced here. Photo by “Buckie33”


Pte. James Alexander Lobban (1888–1916), 110357,  5th Canadian Mounted Rifles,  died 3 June 1916 at Square Wood, Ypres Salient, Belgium, age 28. Son of William Lobban (from Ordiquhill) and Emma Oakes (from Lancashire), who apparently emigrated separately to Manitoba, Canada and married there. James was born 26 Sep. 1888 in Reyes, MB.  The earliest known ancestor is William Loban (b. ca. 1730), Rothiemay, married Margaret Reburn, children born at Retanach farm, Rothiemay (tree).

Pte. John Herbert Lobban (1898–1917). 696903, 50th Btn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), originally reported died about 19 June 1917 (age 19), according to a German list, now presumed to have died while P.O.W. at Feldlaz Oignies, Pas-de-Calais, France. Buried at Souchez, Pas-de-Calais, France. Born 15 May 1898 in Gore Bay, Ontario. [Commemorative list.] Also Pte Edward Alfred Lobban (1894–1918), 231325, 31st Btn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), died 11 Oct. 1918, buried in Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, Nord, France.  Both were sons of George John Lobban (b. 1862 in Huntly, Aberdeenshire) and Jemima Ward. George arrived in Canada in 1871 as a child, married Jemima in Grey, Ontario, and later moved to Alberta to farm. The earliest known ancestor is James Lobban, b. ca. 1685 in Urquhart, Moray married to Margaret Man  (tree).

Edward and John Lobban with parents Jemima and George, 1916. Photo courtesy of “2010smiths” via Ancestry.com tree. (Also posted on Canadian Virtual War Memorial pages for the two men.)


Pte. Robert Lobban (1891–1917), 675350, 1st Btn. Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario regiment, died 25 July 1917, age 26.  Son of George and Jane Lobban of Denside, Portknockie, Banffshire, he emigrated to East Oxford Township, Ontario as a farm laborer and enlisted in 1916.  Biography. (tree)

Pte. Alexander (Sandy) Logan (1878–1917), 625301, 8th Btn.  Enlisted 1 Apr 1916, died 6 Mar 1917 of nephritis at No. 30 Casualty Clearing Station, age 38. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetrary, two miles east of Berles, nine miles northwest of Arras, France. Son of Robert and Maggie Logan of Edmonton. His nephew, William Robert Logan (1898–1917), son of John Robert and Emma Logan, was killed at the Battle a Vimy Ridge a month later, 9 Apr 1917.  (Drumderfit Loban/Logan branch).



All 9 Lobbans who served in the Great War returned to Australia alive. (Source).


Sources: List of UK Soldiers killed: UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947, 1914-1921, France. Additional information from and in some cases from family trees. Canadian: Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948  Europe – First World War: Little – Lortie, Aberdeen & North East Scotland Family History Society World War 1 Roll of Honor by Anne Park, and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial


Page created by Chris Lobban, posted 17 July 2018, last edited 28 Oct 2020.