Arthur ANDERSON

  • 1911 Occupation              Gen Servant Domestic
  • Domicile                           John Marriott Hills Farm
  • Age at 1911                     16
  • Unit                                  1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters
  • Service Number             12340
  • Rank                                 Pte
  • Date of Death                  13th March 1915
  • Age at Death                   20
  • Battle SitRep                   Neuve Chapelle/Casino BMH  DOW
  • Commemorated              Le Touqet-Paris Cem

Arthur Anderson was born on the 25th September 1894 in Tithby, Nottinghamshire.

Arthur’s father Charles Anderson was born on the 9th October 1865 in Langrick, Lincolnshire. His mother Margaret nee Knapp was born 22nd May 1863 in Scaford, Leicestershire.

In the 1901 Census of England, Arthur aged 6 was living with his family in Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire. In the house were his parents Charles aged 35 who worked as a Waggoner on Farm, Margaret aged 37, his brothers Robert 12, Charles 5 and sisters Margaret 10, Annie 3, Nellie 3, Sarah A 1 and Elizabeth 2 months old.

In the 1911 Census of England, Arthur’s parents were living in Brickyard Cottage, Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire. By then they had another daughter Frances aged 9 years old. By 1911 Charles and Margaret had been married 27 years, and had 12 children, 11 of them still living.
Arthur in 1911 aged 16, was “living in” as a General Servant (Domestic) in Colston Basset Hills Farm. He worked for a John Marriott, Farmer.
At some time between 1911 and 1914, Arthur joined the 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters. ( Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment}

1st battalion Sherwood Foresters ( Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment}
August 1914 : in Bombay, India. Returned to England, landing Plymouth 2 October 1914.
2 October 1914 : moved to Hursley Park and came under orders of 24th Brigade in 8th Division.
5 November 1914 : landed at Le Havre.
Note: Brigade attached for purposes of giving instruction to 23rd Division, 18 October 1915 to 15 January 1916.
Date of entry into the theatre of war: 28th November 1914

As part of the Allied spring offensive in 1915, the British 4th Corps and Indian Corps launched an attack with the aim of taking the village of Neuve-Chapelle and the high ground beyond while French forces assaulted German positions further south at Vimy Ridge. On 10 March 1915 the battle began. The preliminary artillery bombardment, lasting thirty-five minutes, was the most intense British bombardment of the war so far.
Initial successes were made, particularly where the bombardment had destroyed the German barbed wire. The village was captured on the first day, but communication difficulties and strong German counter-attacks made it hard to capitalise on these successes and the battle was halted on 12 March.

Many of the wounded of Neuve Chapelle were cared for in army hospitals in France, but some were brought across the Channel.

Arthur Anderson was wounded and taken to the Duchess of Westminster’s Hospital, (No 1 British Red Cross Hospital), Neuve Chapelle where he died on the 12th March 1915.
The Duchess of Westminister’s Hospital (No.1 B.R.C.S) was at Le Touquet from October, 1914, to July, 1918, and the British graves in the Communal Cemetery were made from that hospital.
Le Touqet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

The Communal Cemetery contains a number of French and Italian military graves, and two British Plots in the corner. A wooden obelisk in memory of the British dead was erected in the cemetery by the Lifeboat men of the commune.
There are now 142 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war here. All of whom died in the period November, 1914, to April, 1916.