Archibald Roland Anderson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: London
  • Service no: 25771
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers
  • Unit/Ship: 8th Battalion, attached to 10th Royal West Surrey Regiment
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 23
  • Date of Death: 28.07.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: II.F.115.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address:
  • Occupation: Clerk, Alexander Shanks & Son Ltd, Dens Iron Works, Arbroath & London
  • Mother:

    Christina Anderson 26, Ladyloan, Arbroath

  • Father:

    John Roland Anderson, 26 Ladyloan, Arbroath

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Archibald Roland Anderson

Archibald received a gun shot wound to the chest, 27.07.1916 and died the following day. His Captain, writing to his parents said ” He was a good soldier, liked by everyone in his company. There was a call for volunteers for a job, and he was one of the first to come forward. He went through a lot, and the job was a success.”

For reasons unknown Archibald is not listed on the original Dundee Roll of Honour.

Archibald Roland Anderson   25771   Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment


Mrs Anderson, 26 Ladyloan, Arbroath, yesterday received intimation that her son, Private Archibald R. Anderson of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, is lying dangerously ill in a base hospital from gunshot wounds in the back.  Private Anderson is well known in Arbroath where he was employed in the office of Dens Iron Works.  He took a keen and active interest in the Brotherhood movement.

Dundee Courier 1st August 1916


Private Archibald R. Anderson of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, whose serious illness from wounds received in the back while in action was previously reported, succumbed to his injuries on 28th July.

The deceased soldier, who was the only son of a widowed mother, left Arbroath for London about eighteen months ago, and was employed in the clerical department of the office of Messrs Shanks & Sons, engineers.  He was 23 years of age.  When in London he joined the Royal Fusiliers, and was afterwards transferred to the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.  Previous to leaving Arbroath he was for three years’ secretary of the Arbroath Men’s Own Brotherhood, an organisation in which he took a keen and active interest.

Dundee Courier 4th August 1916

ANDERSON―Died in France, on July 28, of wounds received the previous day, Private Archibald Roland Anderson, 10th Battalion Queen’s Royal West Surreys, only surviving son of the late John R. Anderson and of Mrs Anderson, 26 Ladyloan, Arbroath, aged 23 years.

Montrose Standard  11th August 1916


Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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