Anderson, David No. 6293

Anderson, David

Private

No. 6293, 1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

Killed in action on Friday 23 April 1915 (aged 27)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 10-26-28)

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

Brother of Private Robert Anderson (No. 736364)

BIOGRAPHY

David Anderson was born on 2 June 1887 in Union Street, Donaghadee (he declared 2 June 1888 at attestation) and baptised in First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church.  He was a son of George and Mary Jane Anderson (nee Herron) who were married on 9 February 1877 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  George Anderson from Donaghadee was a son of John Anderson, a farmer.  Mary Jane Herron from Donaghadee was a daughter of Hugh Herron, a farmer.

For a time after they were married, George Anderson worked as a shipyard labourer in Barrow, England.

The Anderson family moved from Donaghadee to Bangor where they lived in Victoria Road and at 42 Albert Street.

George Anderson worked as a labourer and gardener and he and Mary Jane had eight children:

Robert (born 7 February 1878 in New Street, Donaghadee)

Hugh (born 21 June 1882 in New Street, Donaghadee)

John George (born 22 September 1885 in Shore Street, Donaghadee)

David (born 2 June 1887 in Union Street, Donaghadee)

Jane Eleanor (born 23 September 1890 in Ballymacormick)

William (born 6 September 1893 in Ballymacormick)

Annie Young (born 8 October 1896 in Victoria Road, Bangor)

Francis Holmes Mudge (Frank, born 22 June 1899 in Albert Street, Bangor)

Four of the children were baptised in First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church.

David Anderson moved to Canada where he worked as a plumber.

He enlisted in Valcartier, Quebec on 17 September 1914 and cited his mother Mary Jane as his next-of-kin.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 8½ inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.

Private David Anderson was reported as missing in action on 23 April 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres and later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.

Private David Anderson was 27 when he died and he has no known grave.

Private David Anderson is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium; on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial; in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum and in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.