Archibald Anderson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 2051
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 5th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 29
  • Date of Death: 06.05.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: C.1.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 44 Jamaica St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Machineman, Wallace Foundry, Dundee
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Rose Ann Anderson, 64 Hilltown, Dundee

  • Children:

    Thomasina, born 25.09.1906, Archibald, born 29.07.1908 & James, born 27.08.1911

More about Archibald Anderson

Archibald Anderson 2051   Black Watch



The circumstances attending the death of Private Archibald Anderson, a Dundee member of the 5th Black Watch, of wounds received in action are pathetic in the extreme.  Private Anderson leaves a widow and a family of three, the eldest of whom is nine and the youngest four.  Only four weeks ago a fourth little one died.

The intimation of Private Anderson’s death was conveyed to Mrs Anderson, who lives at 44 Jamaica Street, in a letter dated 7th inst, written by Captain Aubertin.  The letter states :___I very much regret to have to tell you that your husband was killed last night.  He was shot in the neck, and died a very few minutes afterwards without recovering consciousness.  At the time he was with a party under Lieut. Taylor cutting barbed wire in front of our trenches.

He was immediately sent to the dressing station on a stretcher, but died before anything could be done for him.  He was buried to-day in a little cemetery beside the dressing station.

I can only say how sorry I am for you in your loss, as I know you have been going through a great deal of trouble in one way or another lately.  I know this because your husband told me of the illness and death of one of your children.  I hope it will be some consolation to you to know that your husband died bravely doing dangerous work.

Private Anderson was 29 years of age.  He was employed as a machineman in Wallace Foundry, and joined the Black Watch in August.

Dundee Courier 12th May 1915

Additional information and images very kindly supplied by Mark Redford, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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