Lieutenant George Alexander Anderson

Biography of Lieutenant George Alexander Anderson

George Alexander Anderson was born in Greenock on 8th April 1888. He was the second child, and only son, of Alexander Tawse Anderson - an Inland Revenue Officer - and Theresa B Anderson. George's mother died when he was quite young.

The family lived at 30 Brisbane Street in Greenock, and George went to Greenock Academy.

George went on to the University of Glasgow in 1905, and studied for an MA degree, taking Courses in Latin, Greek, English Literature, French and Political Economy before graduating in 1908. He went on to study in the Law Faculty, and matriculated in October 1910, studying Mercantile Law. He did not graduate in Law, but studied accountancy, and became an accountant, with Moores, Carston and Watson.

George joined the army at the outbreak of war with the Glasgow Highlanders, more completely called the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). He was a cadet, and was gazetted on 26th September 1916, as a probationary 2nd Lieutenant with the Black Watch. He ended the war as a full Lieutenant.

George was taken prisoner in March 1917. After the Armistice, George was released from Germany, and returned to Scotland in January 1919. His return was marred by the death of his father around a week later.

George was not quite 30, and awaiting demobilisation, when he died on 27th January 1919. In the aftermath of his father's death, George spent some time with relatives in Newport. He had spent much of his childhood visiting his Tayside relatives, so was familiar with the area. On the 28th January 1919, George went for an afternoon walk, arranging to return for lunch around one o'clock. His walk took him onto the railway line at a point between East and West Newport. He had been walking near the railway line which was single track, and at that point rounded a bend and was in a cutting. The engine driver and fireman were both on lookout at this dangerous spot, but were unable to stop the train in time. George was struck by a train, and killed instantaneously due to the severity of his head wound.

George's is one of 95 WW1 graves in Greenock Cemetery, and is also remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour, Greenock War Memorial, and the Greenock Academy Memorial, which is now situated at Clydeview Academy.


Lieutenant George Alexander Anderson
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 4/5th Black Watch - Royal Highlanders
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed on the railway.
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
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University of Glasgow Registry Records

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