HUTCHISON ANDERSONwas 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.
the 1891 Census William, aged 1, is living Causewayhead, Fairlie with parents Adam (32, b. Sorn, gardener)
b. Kirkmichael) and
brother George (3)
the 1901 Census, aged 11, he’s living 10 Mid Row, Fairlie with parents Adam (42, b. Sorn, gardener)
b. Kirkmichael), and siblings Adam (8, scholar, b.
Fairlie) and George (13, scholar, b. Largs)
SERVICE DETAILS 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.
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
"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
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.
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
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
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.