William Anderson (VC)

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William Anderson
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William Anderson
Born November 1885
Dallas, Moray
Died 13 March 1915
Neuve-Chapelle, France 
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1905 - 1912, 1914 - 1915
Rank Corporal
Unit Green Howards
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

William Anderson VC (November 1885 – 13 March 1915) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Anderson was born in Dallas, Moray and raised and educated in Forres. He went to Glasgow and was employed as a car conductor with the Corporation Tramways for several years. He moved to Newcastle upon Tyne where an elder brother of the family was serving with the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own) and enlisted in the same battalion in 1905, serving in it for a period of seven years in Egypt and India. After his service expired Anderson returned to Glasgow and was employed in the Elder Hospital in Govan. He had been there only for a year before deciding to emigrate to South Africa. However, before he could leave war broke out and he was called up as a reservist and went to the front in France with the British Expeditionary Force.[1]


Anderson was about 29 years old, and a corporal in the 2nd Battalion during the First World War when the following act led to the award of the Victoria Cross.

For most conspicuous bravery at Neuve-Chapelle on 12th March, 1915, when he led three men with bombs against a large party of the enemy who had entered our trenches, and by his prompt and determined action saved, what might otherwise have become, a serious situation. Cpl. Anderson first threw his own bombs, then those in possession of his three men (who had been wounded) amongst the Germans, after which he opened rapid rifle fire upon them with great effect, notwithstanding that he was at the time quite alone.[2]

Anderson was eventually killed in action on 13 March, but his remains were never found. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.[3]

There is a new commemorative stone at the foot of the war memorial in Dallas.


  1. ^ "Victoria Cross For A Forres Soldier". Forres Gazette. 1915-07-07. 
  2. ^ "No. 29170". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 May 1915. p. 4989. 
  3. ^ Anderson, William, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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