World War 1 (1914 - 1918)


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Robertson Topping Anderson

Service: Army
Unit: 9th (Territorial) Battalion (Glasgow Highlanders) The Highland Light Infantry
Rank: Lieutenant
Award: Military Cross 2*

Robertson was born in Shawlands, Glasgow on 17 March 1896, third son of Alexander Robertson Anderson of Bendourain, Giffnock (Iron Merchant retired) and Margaret Connell Anderson, later of 77 Kilmarnock Road, Newton Mearns. He was educated at The High School of Glasgow, and became a clerk in the employ of the Donaldson Line Ltd.

He joined the Glasgow Highlanders in February 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from autumn 1915; received a commission and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the same battalion on 25 January 1917. Promoted Lieutenant in January 1918, he was killed, aged 22, in action at Poix-du-Nord on 24 October 1918 during the attack on Englefontaine. He was buried in the British Military Cemetery, near Montay and Le Cateau. Grave reference I.B.1.

He is also remembered on the High School of Glasgow Memorial, Giffnock Civic Memorial, the Donaldson Line Memorial, Orchardhill Parish Church War Memorial and Newton Mearns Parish Church War Memorial. His mother gifted a memorial window to Newton Mearns Parish Church in memory of her son and husband.  

Robertson was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette, 19 July 1917):


For gallantry and excellent leadership when carrying out an attack upon an enemy post. Having reconnoitred the position, he led his men in the rear of the post, unnoticed. When challenged he rushed the post and forcibly removed the leader, a sergeant-major, thus securing an important identification which was greatly needed.


 *The Military Cross was instituted on 31 December 1914 to award gallantry or meritorious service of captains, lieutenants and warrant officers.

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