William Bruce Anderson was born at Seggieden on 9th November 1890, the eldest son of William and Elsie Anderson. His father was tenant in the croft of Muirs of Seggieden on the Leith Hall Estate and it is known that William was working for Mr C.E.N. Leith Hay as a farm servant at Leith Hall Home Farm when he went off to fight in The Great War. Four workers from Leith Hall went away to the war and that all of them died in the conflict. The others were George Gordon and James Daun and William Douglas

William enlisted at Huntly in October 1914 and arrived in France on 10th March 1915, the day the five day Battle of Neuve Chapelle started. It is likely that William and James Daun left Leith Hall, enlisted together at Huntly and trained together. Both arrived in France on 10th March. As part of a new draft they may have gone straight up to the front to join the battalion, with the British Expeditionary Force, in the field. William's cousin L/Cpl George Anderson, Mosstown, had been out at the Front with the 6th Gordons since Nov 1914.

Scotsman 7th July 1915

The 6th were next into action in the attack on the German line in front of the village of Festubert, 16th-18th May and the action at Givenchy the following week. It is known that before and after Givency the 6th Gordons were in the line at Windy Corner near Cuinchy.

William was hit in the head by a German spiper's bullet and it is likely he received treatment at, or was taken to, a house near Windy Corner where he died. Guards Cemetery grew up near this house which was used as a Battalion Headquarters and Dressing Station. The cemetery was named after the 4th Guards Brigade who buried in it from February 1915 until it was closed in May 1916. It was enlarged after the Armistice by concentrating battlefield burials.

William Anderson died three months after his arrival on The Western Front.

1914-15 trio The 1914-15 Star The British War Medal The Victory Medal

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William Anderson was awarded these medals for serving his King and Country in The Great War.

William qualified for the 1914-1915 Star (left). It was awarded to all personnel (including naval) who served in any theatre of war between 5th August 1914 and 31st December 1915, other than those who had already qualified for the 1914 Star.

The British War Medal (centre) and Victory Medal (right) were awarded to all personnel.
The trio were commonly called "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred" after newspaper cartoon characters of the day.

Anderson headstone at Clatt  Kirkyard

Clatt Kirkyard

Anderson family headstone at Clatt

The Anderson family headstone at Clatt Kirkyard


Also his eldest son
who fell in action in France
29th June 1915, aged 26




Photographed July 2002

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6th Batt Gordon Highlanders Memorial

The Anderson family headstone