James Elliot Balfour-Melville

James Elliot Balfour-Melville

Title: James Elliot Balfour-Melville
Description: Thanks to Corinthian-Casuals by-nc

Research and text by Chris Watney, Llew Walker and the Corinthian-Casuals

Second-Lieutenant Balfour-Melville was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915. He was shot by a sniper after successfully leading his men through several enemy trenches. A fellow officer wrote that “to have got his men together and reached to such a point is a feat of gallantry and dash beyond all praise.”

He played football for Oxford University, captaining the side in 1905. A talented cricketer, he kept wicket for Scotland. He was a chartered accountant.

Games: 28

Goals: 8

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