Anderson, William (No. 3131578)

Anderson, William (Bill)

Sergeant

No. 3131578, 4/5th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

Killed in action on Tuesday 10 April 1945 (aged 26)

Buried:

Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany (Grave 13. C. 7)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Sergeant William (Bill) Anderson (No. 3131578) was reported in the 28 April 1945 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Ards Soldiers Killed.

William (Bill) Anderson was born on 18 August 1918 at 1 Mount Pleasant, Stevenston, Ayrshire and he was the only son of George and Mary Anderson (nee Perry) of 4 Reid’s Avenue, Stevenston and before that, 99 Mark Street, Newtownards.  George Anderson worked as a clerk in an explosives factory and he and Mary Perry were married on 31 January 1912 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.  George Anderson (aged 33) from Penrith Street, Belfast was a son of William Anderson, an engine driver.  Mary Perry (aged 31) from Newtownards was a daughter of James Perry (a weaver).  Their daughter Mabel was born in Newtownards on 18 February 1913 in Mark Street, Newtownards and, at the time, her father was living in Townsend Street, Stevenston.

Bill Anderson’s paternal grandparents, William and Elizabeth Anderson (nee Greer), were married on 23 September 1876 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s) and they had nine children:

George (born 28 December 1876)

Mary (born 24 August 1878)

William (born 17 April 1881)

Jane (Jeannie, born 28 October 1883)

Eliza (Lizzie, born 17 July 1886)

Catherine (Cassie, born 6 November 1888)

Roberta (Robina, born 25 August 1891)

William (born 18 January 1894)

Martha (born 25 June 1897)

Bill Anderson’s grandfather, William Anderson, died on 24 February 1931 and his grandmother, Elizabeth, died on 7 March 1932.

During the Second World War Sergeant William (Bill) Anderson (No. 3131578) served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers (in civilian life he had been a joiner) and on 29 August 1942 he and Jane Turner McKay of 6 Main Street, Callander, Perthshire were married in St. Kessog’s Church of Scotland, Callander.

Sergeant William (Bill) Anderson (No. 3131578) was 26 when he was killed on 10 April 1945 during the latter stages of the Allied invasion of Nazi Germany.  His aunt Robina McGilton (nee Anderson) placed a Killed in Action notice in the 28 April 1945 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.  Robina Anderson and James McGilton were married on 25 September 1918 in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church and they lived at 65 Movilla Street, Newtownards.