Sergeant Peter Anderson

Sergeant Peter Anderson ( probably ) 1st/5th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th October 1917, aged 35, during the Battle of Third Ypres. He was the husband of Edith H. Anderson of 20 Irton Street, Gosforth and is buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemark, Flanders, Belgium. His Headstone is inscribed “Thy Will Be Done”. The photographs show the dire conditions of the battlefield where the fragile Flanders drainage systems had been destroyed by the incessant shelling. The colour photo shows the impressive Memorial raised to the 50th ( Northumbrian) Division of which the Battalion was part until July 1918 when it was reduced to cadre and assigned to line of communication duties. It was erected near the village of Weiltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby on the 26th April 1915 the Division had fought its first action of the War only days after landing on the Continent.

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