Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Anderson, Andrew

Rank
Corporal, 52nd Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers (previously in London Scottish).
Service Number
418249
Born
about 1890 in North Queensferry
Parents
Helen and the late William Anderson, The Brae, North Queensferry.
Date of death
20 June 1918 (Aged 28).
Grave
I. D. 10, Ligny, St Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, Pas de Calais, France
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Hope Street Cemetery, Inverkeithing

Other Information

Having been a member of the Prince of Wales Own Middlesex Volunteers for a short time, he enlisted in the London Scottish Regiment of the brand new Territorial Army on 10th April 1908 at which time he was a Boy Clerk in the Civil Service, living in West Kensington.

Anderson grave
Grave of Andrew Anderson

He was just over 5 feet 6 inches tall. He continued as a Territorial and meantime became a Telegraphist with the Post Office

He is not in 1911 North Queensferry Census, but his mother Helen (46), born Torryburn, was at School Brae with her two younger sons.

In 1914 he was a Private in 14 Bn London Regiment (London Scottish) and arrived in France 15 September 1914.

He received a slight bullet wound in the left arm and a few days later a shell wound in the right arm and was sent to hospital in Glasgow.

On 23 November 1914 he was transferred at his own request, to the Royal Engineers (who were looking for telegraphists) and posted to the 52nd Lowland Division Signal Company, on duty with them as from 5 May 1915.

He was sent to Gallipoli in July 1915 and returned to the UK in April 1916 before being sent back to France.

Mentioned in Despatches - 26th June 1917.

Appointed acting Corporal 1 September 1917 and confirmed in rank 2 May 1918.

He died of wounds received in action.

Andrew Anderson
Andrew Anderson


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

National Archives. Service Record. Medal Card. Soldier’s Effects

Census 1911

London Gazette 12 January 1918 (Mention in Despatch of Gen. Sir A. Murray 26 June 1917)

Scottish War Memorials Project

Soldiers died in Great War

Alex Morris


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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