Private Robert William Anderson, Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps

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Private Robert William Anderson M2/051717, Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps (attached to 144th Heavy Brigade, Ammunition Column)

Robert William Anderson was born in Tibbermore on 16th  February 1897, the youngest child of James and Mary Anderson. He had one brother and two sisters.  By 1891 the family had moved to Huntingtower Mill where his father was employed as a clerk.  At the time of the outbreak of WW1, Robert was training to be a motor engineer.  He enlisted in the Army in 1914 and was mobilised to France in 1915.  Given his engineering background, Robert was assigned to the Motor Transport Division.  Private Robert William Anderson was killed near Amiens on 23rd August 1918, during the last attempt by the Germans to get through to Paris.  He was 21 years of age. He was awarded the Star, Victory and the British War Medals.

In a letter that he sent from France to his minister, Robert wrote that… “After the war it is my intention to study for the ministry”.


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