Robert Swan Anderson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 2559
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion,
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 27
  • Date of Death: 10.06.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Merville Communal Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: III.J.7.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 93 Ann St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Ship Plater
  • Mother:

    Isabella Swan Anderson

  • Father:

    John Anderson

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Wilheamina Graves, 2 Market St, Montrose

  • Children:

    Jessie, born 03.08.1909 & Robert, born 28.08.1914

More about Robert Swan Anderson



Private Robert Swan Anderson, A Company 4th Black Watch, 93 Ann Street, Dundee, died on 9th inst. of wounds received in action on that day.

Lieutenant S. H. Steven, writing to Mrs Anderson on 9th inst., says:-“I regret to have to inform you of the fact that your husband was wounded this morning by a shell which burst in the trench where he was lying asleep.”

Sister H. M. Daly, No. 7 Casualty Clearing Station, writes next day as follows:–“I am very sorry to tell you of the death of Private Anderson, of the 4thBlack Watch,  He collapsed, I think owing to loss of blood, because he was only in our hospital a few hours.  He was wounded in both legs, the left hip, and the left arm.”

Private Anderson was 27 years of age.  He was a ship-plater, and was seven years with the Territorials.  Two or three years ago he severed his connection with the Black Watch in order to go to Austria, where he was for eighteen months.  Just before the war he was employed at Barrow-in-Furness, and was at home on holiday when hostilities opened.  He rejoined the Fourth in September last.  He is survived by his widow and a young child.

Private Anderson served his apprenticeship at the Caledon Shipbuilding Yard, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 18th June 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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