Corporal John Anderson, 1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

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Corporal John Anderson 8810, 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

John Anderson was born in Banchory, in the parish of Coupar Angus, on 9th March 1883.  His parents were Thomas and Marjorie Anderson.  By 1891, the family had moved to Scone and John was being educated in Scone Public School.  On leaving school John worked as a ploughman.  In 1902, at the age of 19, he enlisted into the regular army was involved in the Boer War.  He married Elizabeth Reid and they had 5 children.  On the outbreak of WW1, he joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and saw action in France and Salonika.  The hardship experienced during his long campaign affected his health and he was admitted to hospital in Constantinople in 1918.

Corporal John Anderson died as result of pneumonia, on 22nd December 1918.  He is buried in Plot 1, Row D, Grave 8 of Haidar Pasha Cemetery, which is situated on high ground in the suburb of Istanbul.  John was 35 years old.  He was awarded the Star, Victory and British war medals.

Hazel Archibald (John and Elizabeth’s granddaughter) tells us that  Elizabeth was decorating the house for Christmas when the news came of John’s death. The family never decorated the house at Christmas ever again.




  • Hazel Archibald

    Jun 13, 2014 - Reply

    This was my grandfather. He did not have four sons. He had 2 sons the oldest of whom died at age 5 in 1913. He also had three daughters. The youngest Elizabeth ( my mum) was 2 when he died.Her mum was decorating the house for Christmas when the news came of his death. They never decorated the house at Christmas ever again.

  • Laura Short

    Jun 18, 2014 - Reply

    This one of the few photographs I have seen of my grandfather John Anderson. Thank you. Regards Laura Short

  • Hazel Archibald

    Oct 14, 2015 - Reply

    Two poems in memory of my grandparents whose story is so moving –
    December 26th 1918
    Wha kens the pain
    That dread nicht brocht
    That darksome,,frozen,hoary eve
    When joy was stolen from her hert
    To be replaced by blackest grief?
    Her man clean felled
    By winter’s draught
    In a far land.

    Whar wis the place
    He laid his bonny heid
    For that last time?
    Salonica! Whit a name!
    Nae warm freendly
    Perthshire hame,
    But a sodden,sullen
    Foreign bield
    In a far land.

    Whit God could steal
    Her man awa’?
    Her man who’d focht
    For fower hard years
    Tae mak a world
    O’ peace and hope.
    And noo he’s lying
    Dead and cauld
    In a far land.

    My grandfather called my grandmother his Rose of Tralee. This is also for them from their grandchildren in loving memory – the children of wee Lizzie who never knew her dad.

    The Song
    ‘Gi’e your love to me
    Ma”Rose of Tralee”‘
    He would lilt when they were first wed.
    ‘A’ll gi’e ye ma love’ she wid whisper sae shy
    As they lay in the warmth o’ their bed.

    ‘Gi’e yer hand tae me
    Ma ‘Rose of Tralee’
    He wid urge when her trials had begun.
    ‘A’ll gi’e ye ma haund’ she wid whisper sae fierce
    Fir oor bairnie will syne be born.

    ‘Gi’e yer prayers tae me
    Ma “Rose of Tralee” ‘
    He asked as he marched tall and proud.
    ‘A’ll gi’e ye ma prayers’ she whispered sae sad,
    But the war songs were roaring too loud.

    ‘Gi’e yer tears fir yer da
    Ma bonnie wee bairns,
    Fir his body lies ower the sea,
    And never again will his sweet voice ring oot
    As he sings me ‘The Rose of Tralee,.
    Hazel Archibald 1915.

    • Peter Olsen

      Oct 16, 2015 - Reply

      Dear Hazel
      Thank you for this. These poems would be a great addition to the individuals story, we would love to publish them. if you are in agreement.
      Scone Remembers

  • Hazel archibald

    Apr 8, 2016 - Reply

    I am quite happy for you to use them and publish them.Hazel

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