James Anderson



Village memories: The Green Man (picture from SWOP website)

James Anderson


GUNNER/1500 ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY /Y74th TM Bty
DIED 31st DECEMBER 1917 AGED 22YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR CHATBY MEMORIAL EGYPT

James was born in 1895 in Wooburn, Buckinghamshire. His parents were Alfred and Ellen. His father was a bricklayer’s labourer. He had two sisters, one older and one younger.
They lived at Bottle Cottage, Flackwell Heath Buckinghamshire. This house was unique in that it was faced with the ends of many types of bottles...hence the name!
James attended the Art & Technical School in High Wycombe in 1908 and won a prize for a watercolour painting. This school later became the John Hampden Grammar School.
The 1901 Census shows James with his family living at Flackwell heath. His sister Alice is 9yrs old, James is 5yrs old and his younger sister Hilda is 1yr old. His father Alfred is listed as a general labourer.
The 1911 Census shows the family still living in Flackwell Heath. Alfred is now a bricklayer’s labourer. All the family are still at home. James is now 15yrs old.
James enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery (Y)74th T M Battalion)in High Wycombe. On Monday 31st December 1917 the troopship Osmanieh , under the command of LCDR David R Mason , was carrying troops and medical staff to Alexandria when she struck a mine on the starboard side which was laid by the German submarine UC34, at the entrance to the harbour. She sank with very heavy losses and Gunner James Anderson was one of them.
Medal Index card gives his service no as 1590.

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