Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

Anderson, James

Rank: Private

Regiment: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Biography: Son of John Anderson, fisherman ; born Portnockie, 29 April 1892 ; educated at Portnockie Public School and Fordyce Academy ; student in Arts, 1911-14. During his 3rd year at the University he enlisted in the former "U" Company, 1/4th Gordon Highlanders, and at the Front was a member of the Snipers' Section. In June 1915 his C.O. reported that he had distinguished himself in the Field. He was among the missing after the action at Hooge, 25 September 1915. Subsequently it was reported that he had died on 26 September 1915 as a prisoner of war at Giessen, Germany, from wounds received the previous day. Those who knew him in the Snipers' Section found him a sterling comrade, full of humour, cool and daring in the face of danger.

Additional information has been provided by the family proving that the reports of his wounding and capture were incorrectly reported (2008)

Date of Death: 26 September 1915

Burial Details: Name inscribed on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panel 38, Column 5.

Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.

If you have photographs of anyone listed in the Roll of Honour (preferably in service uniform) or have any questions about this resource, please email