Alfred Anderson

Name

Alfred Anderson

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

14/10/1918
21

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
512188
London Regiment (London Scottish)
2nd/14th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

DERRY HOUSE CEMETERY NO.2
I. F. 2.
Belgium

UK Memorials

St Thomas' Mission Hall, Green Tye
St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green
Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross
Thundridge Graveyard

Pre War

Born on 8 Aug 1897 and baptised on 19 Sep 1897 in High Cross, Hertfordshire son of James and Alice Anderson later of Uffords Farm, Much Hadham. In 1901 he was living in High Cross and in 1911 he lived in The Bakery, 1 Jubilee Terrace, Church Hill Road, East Barnet.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in London in 1915 and was formerly 5941 London Regiment and was killed in action. In 1916 he served in Egypt, but by 1918 had returned to Europe and was in Belgium when he was killed. London Scottish Unit History Extracts - 14th October 1918: “The assault was timed for 5.35am, and the smoke shells fired gave some degree of protection to the advancing infantry. The German outposts, demoralised and dazed by the intensity of the barrage, capitulated at once, but the machine-gunners behind them showed more spirit and began to cause serious casualties. By 7.35am their objective had been attained. Suddenly a light wind lifted the smoke and the Scottish, by now digging in, became easy targets for the Germans who had retired to a hedgerow some 500 yards away.” Extract from an officer’s letter to Alfred's Parents: Anderson was busy firing his gun, and doing very good work when hit by an enemy machine gun bullet. He felt no pain at all poor boy and was killed instantaneously.

Additional Information

Brother of Private Frederick Anderson who was killed in action on 28 Mar 1918 and is also commemorated on these memorials. At the time of Alfred’s death his parents were living at Uffords Farm in Much Hadham.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)