Anderson, Albert Stewart

Anderson, Albert Stewart (Albert)

Second Lieutenant

9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Died of wounds on Thursday 1 February 1917 (aged 30)

Buried:

Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France (Grave III A 196)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

First Holywood Presbyterian Church

High Street Presbyterian Church Holywood

Queen’s University Belfast War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast Book of Remembrance

BIOGRAPHY

Albert Stewart Anderson was born on 2 November 1886 in High Street, Holywood and he was the youngest son of Thomas and Annie Anderson (nee McConnell, born in Canada) who were married on 29 October 1866 in Sinclair Street Presbyterian Church Belfast.

The Anderson family lived in High Street, Holywood (some records No. 63, others 110 and others 130)

Thomas Anderson was a merchant tailor and he and Annie had at least nine children:

Thomas Stewart (born 11 December 1869 in High Street, Holywood)

Annie Stewart (born 20 April 1872 in High Street, Holywood)

Francis Stewart (born 20 July 1874 in High Street, Holywood)

Jeanie Stewart (born 7 February 1876)

William John (born 14 February 1877)

Walter Stewart (born 10 March 1879 in High Street, Holywood)

Charles Stewart (born 29 December 1881 in High Street, Holywood)

Margaret Stewart (born 22 May 1884 in High Street, Holywood)

Albert Stewart (born 2 November 1886 in High Street, Holywood)

Eight of the children were baptised in First Holywood Presbyterian Church.

Albert was six when his father, Thomas Anderson, died of pneumonia on 25 October 1893 (aged 59) in High Street, Holywood.

Albert Stewart Anderson attended Upper Sullivan School in Holywood and in 1910 he graduated from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) with a degree in civil engineering.

A keen cricketer, he played for the senior eleven in Holywood.

After graduation he worked as an assistant engineer on several contracts in Ireland before moving to Canada where he was involved in construction work on the Canadian Pacific and Pacific Great Eastern Railways.

He returned home towards the end of 1915 and joined the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC)  at QUB on 1 November 1915.

He obtained a commission, went to France in June 1916 and served with the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Second Lieutenant Albert Stewart Anderson was 30 when he was severely wounded on 25 January 1917 and he died on 1 February 1917.

Second Lieutenant Albert Stewart Anderson was buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France and he is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial; in First Holywood Presbyterian Church; in High Street Presbyterian Church Holywood; on Queen’s University Belfast War Memorial and in Queen’s University Belfast Book of Remembrance.