2nd Lieutenant John Topping Sanderson

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant John Topping Sanderson

John Topping Sanderson was born on 12 May 1891, at Dennistoun in Glasgow, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Hugh Sanderson, and by the time of his studies his father was minister of the United Free Church in Killearn, Stirlingshire. He was awarded a Bursary to study Classics at the University of Glasgow, where he was a distinguished student. He was a member of the Officers' Training Corps, and enlisted at the outbreak of war rather than completing the final year of his MA.

He was gazetted temporary 2nd Lieutenant on 3 December 1914, and his regiment was mobilised for active service in 1915, landing in France in July of that year.

He was killed in action near Ypres on 12 December 1915, and is buried at the Menin Road South military cemetery. His parents were keen to personalise his loss, and so added the words “with Christ which is much better” to his gravestone in France, as well as an inscription marking his death on their own family gravestone in Killearn graveyard.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant John Topping Sanderson
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 7th Border Regiment
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 12th December 1915, near Ypres
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Courtesy of Robert Hunter

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