Private George Anderson

Private George Anderson, 9th ( Highlanders), Battalion, Royal Scots ( The Dandy Ninth ). He was killed  in Belgium on 8th September 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, aged 33. He had been born in Kelso, was the son of the late William and Betsy Anderson of Eccles Tofts, Coldstream and the husband of Isabella Broomfield Anderson of Baillieknowe Farm, Kelso. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, France. Before the War he had been employed as a gamekeeper by the Duke of Roxburgh. On 8th September the Battalion were holding front line trenches north of St. Julien and suffered some casualties through shellfire. The photograph gives some idea of the desolation of the Flanders battlefield where the drainage systems had been destroyed by the incessant shelling.

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