Rank & Number:




Royal Engineers, Lowland Division

Not Known

03 July 1892; Ferry Row, Fairlie

1981; Renfrew

Brother of George & William Anderson

ADAM ANDERSON was born 03 Jul 1892 in Ferry Row, Fairlie to parents Adam, a gardener, and Isabella Hutchison (who married in Girvan on 18 Nov 1886).  He died in 1981 in Renfrew.

On 25 Mar 1921 at 1 Clayton Terrace, Glasgow, Adam (aged 28, a chauffeur, of 127 Slatefield Street, Glasgow) married widow Janet Bigham (aged 36, m.s. Cornes).  

In the 1901 Census, Adam, aged 8, is living 10 Mid Row, Fairlie with parents Adam (42, b. Sorn, gardener) and Isabella (41, b. Kirkmichael), and siblings George (13, scholar, b. Colmonel) and William (11, scholar, b. Largs) 

 In the 1911 Census, he’s aged 18 and an apprentice blacksmith, and is living at Bourtree Bank, Fairlie with his widowed mother, her sister-in-law Jane Anderson and his brother Henry (6).   

His medal index card hasn’t been found, but the Largs & Millport Weekly News reports on 18 Sep 1915 that he has signed on with the Royal Engineers, Lowland Division.  In May 1917 there’s a report of him having been wounded, and he arrives at Stobhill Hospital in Nov 1917 to continue his recovery.  At the village thanksgiving to the returned servicemen on 16 Jan 1920, walking sticks were presented to two men who had been severely wounded – one of whom is Adam Anderson.  As he served overseas, he would have received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-

18 September 1915   
During the past week the following young men have “signed on”:  Adam Anderson, blacksmith, Bourtree Bank, Royal Engineers, Lowland Division  

5 May 1917
Toll of War:  We regret to report that five of the Fairlie boys have been wounded in the recent fighting:-  Private Angus McLean, Sergeant Hugh Burden, Private Adam Anderson and Driver Jones.  The first named has been wounded in the foot, but the character of the injuries to the others are at present unknown. 

7 November 1917      
Sapper Adam Anderson, R.E., who was badly wounded some time ago, has arrived at Stobhill Hospital.  We hear that he is now making satisfactory progress towards recovery. 

16 January 1920  
Fairlie Service Men:  Last Thursday afternoon, the people of Fairlie met in the Village Hall to give visible expression of thanks to the returned sailors and soldiers.  There was a full turn out of ex-service men and a large attendance of the general public.   Mr. A.R. Cunninghame, chairman of the committee, presided, and in opening said that this was a red letter day in the history of our village.  Many times had Fairlie people met there to honour public services of their follow townsmen, but the men to be honoured that day had given service that transcended all others.  One sometimes wondered if the events of the last five years were not a horrid nightmare, and only when we look in vain for the familiar faces of the unreturning brave or caught a glimpse of the vacant chair did we realise the awful catastrophe.  Five years ago the Central Empires hurled their millions across the frontier, impelled by lust for power and firm in their convictions of a speedy triumph.  Today the Princes were in exile and their Governments are overthrown.  Anarchy and the dread spectre of anarchy casts a malevolent and menacing shadow over the land.  But for the bravery and sacrifice of the sons of our Empire no kinder fate would have been ours; indeed German supremacy in the recent war would have meant the end of all freedom as we understand it.  Pulpits and platforms had resounded with the praises of our fighting forces.  And now we too propose to pay our tribute by recognising in a humble way those of the forces who had been born and bred in the village.  Valued in terms of money the offering might seem of small account; but valued in terms of the heart each token was a pearl beyond price, for there was no home in the village that had not contributed its mite towards the funds.   Mr. Cunningham then called upon Miss Jean Fife to make the presentations.  Sgt. Hugh Burden, who had been awarded the D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry while in the Near East, was presented with a handsome gold watch suitably inscribed, while each of the men received a gold medal.  Walking sticks were presented to two of the men who had been severely wounded – Messrs. D.A. Jones and Adam Anderson.   Mr. C.H. McNair, jun., in the name of the sailors and soldiers, thanked the committee for the kindness and honour shown them.   Miss Fife in replying to a vote of thanks said that she would like to take the opportunity to personally thank the men for their gallant defence of their country in the hour of danger, and particularly she desired to express gratitude for the protection afforded to the women of the nation.  She proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Cunningham which was heartily responded to.

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