Corporal John Anderson

Corporal John Anderson, 5th/6th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed inn action in France on 11th August 1918 aged 26 during the “Advance To Victory “. He was the son of Agnes and the late James Anderson of Friarshaugh, Gattonside and is buried in Bouchoir New British Cemetery, Somme, France. He had originally in the Lothian and Border Horse before transferring to the 11th Battalion, Royal Scots and thence to the 5th/6th Battalion. The cemetery after the Armistice by concentrating nearby battlefield burials. He fell in an attack on the German positions in Parvilliers where the artillery barrage was ineffectual against strongly wired defences and it was only on the right flank that any gains were made. Casualties were heavy with 12 Officers killed and 3 wounded. The Regimental history does not mention the extent of Other Rank casualties. The photographs show Allied troops advancing after the retreating German Army.

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