Anderson, Robert No. 736364

Anderson, Robert

Private

No. 736364, 85th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Nova Scotia Regiment)

Died of wounds on Thursday 21 March 1918 (aged 40)

Buried:

Houchin British Cemetery, France (Grave I G 22)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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 David Anderson (No. 6293)

Robert Anderson was born on 7 February 1878 in New Street, Donaghadee (he declared 12 April 1881 at attestation) and 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.

Robert Anderson moved to Canada where he worked as a lumberman.

He enlisted at Lethbridge, Alberta on 21 January 1916 and cited his father George as his next-of-kin.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 6 inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair.  Robert Anderson enlisted nine months after his younger brother David was killed in action at Ypres.

Aged 37 when he enlisted, Private Robert Anderson was 40 when he died of wounds at Vimy Ridge on 21 March 1918 and was buried in Houchin British Cemetery.

Private Robert 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.