Captain John Anderson

Biography of Captain John Anderson

John Anderson was born in Lesmahagow on 28th May 1892, and was the son of John - a draper and lay preacher - and Grace Waddell Anderson.

John joined the University of Glasgow shortly after his 17th birthday, matriculating in the faculty of Medicine. In his first year he took classes in Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry, and achieved the required marks to enter his second year in 1911. He studied Anatomy, Physiology, and Materia Medica and Therapeutics, solidly passing the Second Professional Examination. In third year he took classes in Pathology and Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health, and was awarded a Second Class Certificate for both Pathology and Practical Pathology. In preparation for the Fourth Professional Exam, John took classes in Surgery, Clinical Surgery, Practice of Medicine, Clinical Medicine, and Midwifery. He was awarded a Second Class Certificate for Clinical Medicine, and graduated with an MBChB on the 20th April 1915.

Having graduated, John's medical skills were immediately put to use, as he was commissioned to the East Anglian Field Ambulance on 6th July 1915. He then served in Gallipoli in October and November 1915, and with the evacuations complete he did not return to the UK, but was posted further east into Mesopotamia during the period to June 1916. He spent the rest of his war service in Persia and India, where he was promoted Captain, and on 21st December 1917 was Mentioned in Despatches. It was in India that he died on 17th May 1918 at Fort Sandeman. He is buried in the Cemetery there, which now lies in modern Pakistan and where the current name of the town is Zhob.

As well as the University Roll of Honour, John is also remembered in the Delhi Memorial (more commonly known as ‘India Gate’) and the War Memorial in his home town of Lesmahagow.


Captain John Anderson
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Comments: Died on service, 17 May 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/634
Photo ID: N/A


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

University of Glasgow Registry Records: R8/5/35/1, MED5/2/10, SEN 10/55-57

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