William Hutchison ANDERSON

Regiment:               Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 9th

Rank & Number:     Sergeant 3010, 6182, 303369

Born:                       02 January 1890; Fairlie

Died:                       1966; Dundonald

Other:                      Brother of Adam & George Anderson  

WILLIAM HUTCHISON ANDERSON was born 02 Jan 1890 in Fairlie to parents Adam, a gardener, and Isabella Hutchison (who married in Girvan on 18 Nov 1886).  He died in 1966 in Dundonald.

In the 1891 Census William, aged 1, is living Causewayhead, Fairlie with parents Adam (32, b. Sorn, gardener) and mother Isabella (31, b. Kirkmichael) and brother George (3)

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


William is named in the Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald in December, 1914, and his medal index card shows he arrived in France on 27 Mar 1915.  The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he was wounded four times, including in June 1915 when he received a shrapnel wound in his leg after being gassed at Ypres and lay for ten hours in a shell hole until he could be taken to a dressing station.  He received the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory medal.  

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

12 December 1914

Roll of Honour: Anderson, Pte. William, Bourtreebank, 9th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 

3 April 1915
We are pleased to learn that W. Anderson, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, has been granted his first stripe.  Lance Corporal Anderson left for active service somewhere last week.  

5 June 1915
During the past week the following soldiers connected with Fairlie have been reported wounded – Private William Anderson, Bourtree Bank, 9th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, in Birmingham hospital, shrapnel wound in leg  

12 June 1915
We are pleased to learn that L.-Corpl. Wm. Anderson, 9th Argylls is progressing favourably, and has been removed to a convalescent home.     

In The Fighting Line; Gassed At Ypres:  The following are some extracts from letters received from Pte. Wm. Anderson, Fairlie, 9th A&SH, who was wounded in action recently:-   
"I don’t know if you have any idea where I have been fighting.  Well, it was in Belgium near the city of Ypres, but at the furthest advanced bit of the British Lines.  It was a proper death trap.  We held the trenches for 26 days, without a spell off, and when the roll was called 8 officers and 250 men answered it.  Sir John French paid us a visit when we were released, and gave the 9th Argylls great credit for their work.  .  .  .  .  At 6 o’clock last Monday the first thing we got was some gas shells.  Then the word was passed along to advance.  When half way across the gas was too much for me and I had to rest.  Just as I was getting up again along comes one of those high explosive shells and a good sized piece went through the calf of my left leg.  That was a day I shall never forget.  I tied my leg up somehow, and two of my mates carried me back some distance, where I lay for ten hours in a shell hole.  Afterwards I was attended at one of the dressing stations."  

25 September 1915
Lance-Corporal William Anderson, 9th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, who was pretty severely wounded some months ago, has arrived home in Fairlie on furlough.

6 November 1915
Mr. William Miller, Secretary of the Tobacco and Cigarette Fund has received acknowledgements for parcels from the following:  Pte. T. Blakely, Dardanelles; Lance-Corp. R. McLachlan, prisoner of war; Ptes. A. McCallum, A. McLean, D. McCallum, D. Douglas, J. Smith, T. Miller, T. Messenger, France; and D. Thomson, W. Anderson, A. Stalker, wounded. 

26 November 1916
Toll of War: Mrs Anderson, Bourtrees Bank Buildings, Fairlie, has received official intimation that her son, Corporal William Anderson, has been wounded and is now under treatment at the 1st Birmingham War Hospital.  Referring to the matter in a fine, cheery letter to his mother, Corporal Anderson states:-  
"I am the limit for getting hit about the legs.  This is my third time now, but it is the other leg this time and the thigh also.  I was wounded last Monday morning.  Just as day was breaking we attacked and took a village.  The Germans were taken by surprise and what a crowd of prisoners we got!  They were caught like rats in their dug-out, and any that did get out would not fight at all.  But what a noise there was!  It was enough to turn anyone, but we went on, as we knew the noise was that of our own guns giving them stick.”  

3 February 1917
Corporal William Anderson, who was wounded for the third time in the fighting of last autumn, has arrived home on furlough.  We congratulate the gallant corporal on his recovery and express the hope that he may have a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. 

6 April 1918
The Toll of War: News has been received of two Fairlie lads being wounded during the present fighting in France.  Sgt. William Anderson, A&SH, son of Mrs Adam Anderson, Bourtree Bank, reported wounded for the fourth time, is at present in hospital in France.  His injuries, he writes, are not serious.  

12 October 1918
We were pleased to see Sergt. William Anderson home on a short visit.  Sergt. Anderson, who has been wounded for a fourth time, has recently been discharged from hospital and has again joined his unit.

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