In Memory of


1st/6th Bn., Gordon Highlanders
who died on
Tuesday, 29th June 1915. Age 24.

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Son of William and Elsie Anderson, of Muirs of Seggieden, Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire.
William Anderson d 13/2/1938 age 70 at Muirs of Seggieden, wife Elsie Bruce d 10/1/1956 at Bervie, Corse, Lumphanan ( home of late dau Helen, d 26/6/1955) All interred at Clatt Kirkyard

Also commemorated on Clatt War Memorial

He enlisted at Huntly, killed in action, served France & Flanders

1914/15 Star, War & Victory Medals, France 10/3/1915

B Cert: Wm Bruce Anderson b 9/11/1890

Cpl, 6 GH, Leith Hall on Roll of Honour, not listed on War Memorial

Army Casualty Returns, killed in action with BEF 29/6/1915

He did not proceed to France in November 1914 with the BEF, 6GH in F & F.

20th Brigade, 7th Division, the Battalion was in reserve at Battle of Festubert, 16-18 May 1915, but was in the line afterwards. Festubert ended 25th May.

1/4/1908 The original Volunteer Battalions was reorganised and the 4th became the 6th Batt ( Territorial Force) comprising 8 companies centred in the following areas;
'A' Coy - Banff
'B' Coy - Dufftown, Aberlour and Glenlivet
'C' Coy - Keith
'D' Coy - Buckie
'E' Coy - Inverurie

'F' Coy - Alford, Kildrummy and Strathdon
'G' Coy - Buckie
'H' Coy - Huntly

During 1914 the 8 Company system of the entire British army was changed to 4, usually 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D'
'H' Company became part of the new 'A' Company. This became the official designation in 1915. This did not prevent the men using the original lettering which related to their home areas.

Service notes
1/6th Gordons, 1/6th (6th) Banff and Donside Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

4/8/1914 at Keith: Gordon Brigade, Highland Division.
16/8/1914 arrived Bedford, part of Highland Territorial Brigade
9/11/1914 left Bedford by train to Southhampton, there boarded troopship " Cornishman" for France.
10/11/1914 Landed Havre ( Le Havre)
13/11/1914 Left Le Havre, travelled to St Omer, 4/12/1914 at Sailly.

5/12/1914 to 20th Brigade, 7th Division.
Was the 1st Btn of Highland Division to reach the Front.
6/12/1914 In trenches
5/1/1916 became Line of Communication Troops.
1/6/1916 to 152nd Brigade, 51st Highland Division.
6/10/1918 ammalgamated with 1/7th (Deeside) Gordons to form 6/7th Gordons
11/11/1918 in same near Thun l'Eveque, North of Cambrai.

Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

I. G. 5.


Headstone of William Anderson

Cuinchy is a village about 7 kms east of the town of Bethune and north of the N41 which runs between Bethune and La Bassee. About 1 km north-west of the village are cross roads known as Windy Corner, and Guards Cemetery is a little west of these cross roads.

Historical Information:

A little west of Windy Corner was a house used as Battalion Headquarters and Dressing Station. The cemetery grew up beside this house. The original cemetery is now Plots I and II and Rows A to S of Plot III. It was begun by the 2nd Division in January, 1915, and used extensively by the 4th (Guards) Brigade in and after February. It was closed at the end of May, 1916, when it contained 681 graves. After the Armistice it was increased by the concentration of 2,720 graves from the neighbouring battlefields and small cemeteries, and in particular from the battlefields of Neuve-Chapelle, the Aubers Ridge and Festubert. There are now nearly 3,500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 2,000 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 36 soldiers from the United Kingdom known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials are erected to six soldiers buried in Indian Village North Cemetery, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire, and to five Indian soldiers originally buried in the Guards Cemetery but afterwards cremated. The cemetery covers an area of 10,151 square metres and is enclosed on the road side by a rubble wall and on the other sides by a low curb. The smaller graveyards from which graves were concentrated into this cemetery included the following:- BALUCHI ROAD CEMETERY, NEUVE-CHAPELLE, on the road from Pont-Logy to the "Moated Grange". It contained the graves of fifteen soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in the winter of 1914-15. EDWARD ROAD CEMETERY No. 3, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, on the South side of the Rue des Berceaux, near another "Windy Corner" (Plot I only, containing the graves of five men of the 1st East Surreys who fell in October 1914). INDIAN VILLAGE NORTH CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, near the intersection of "Prince's Road" and the front line of early 1915. It contained the graves of fifteen soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in May and July 1915. LORGIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, containing two British graves of October 1918. PONT-FIXE SOUTH CEMETERY, CUINCHY, on the West side of "Harley Street" (the road going South from Windy Corner), a little South of the Canal. This was a row of graves stretching Westward behind houses, and containing the bodies of 42 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1915.