Posted - 26 Apr 2012 : 4:25:02 PM I contacted the Lt Col Roger Binks , Secretary of the Scottish National War Memorial at the Castle in Edinburgh to see if the Trustees would include my Uncle's name to the Black Watch roll of Honour for the Great War at the Scottish National War Memorial and I have recently been informed that my Uncle will be included in the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders ) roll of Honour for the Great War of 1914-1919 as the documents provided have proved that he should be included in the Roll for the Black Watch . His name was listed a number of years ago in their Royal Air Force roll of Honour as his main service was with the famous Black Watch and thankfully the Trustees have agreed on this additional inclusion .
Colonel Binks informed me that a "New entry has been created which lists him as a BLACK WATCH Officer with the note "latterly RFC and RAF. " That change will not be visible on the website of the SNWM until sometime in 2012 and when the data is upgraded , nor will the Book show the detail until the next reprint of the pages for the Roll of Honour .
Lieutenant Anderson was born in Arbroath at 43 Hill Street in the town and his father was Patrick Wright Anderson, accountant at Dalgarno solicitors in Hill Street Arbroath and grandson of ship Capt P W Anderson . He attended Arbroath High School and played football and cricket for the High School . He played cricket for Arbroath Cricket Club and was also scorer during his school days too. He won the Science Medal at the school in 1910 and went to the University College Dundee then part of St Andrews University where he was studying Maths and Science. He was a member of the St Andrews Uni OTC and in 1913 and 1914 was a Corporal in the Corps so on the outbreak of the Great War he volunteered for a commission into the Black Watch and was appointed 2nd Lieutentant in the 8th (Service )Bn The Black Watch at Aldershot meeting up with Capt the Hon Fergus Bowes-Lyon from Glamis Castle . Then in 1915 he was appointed Lieutenant in the 10th (Service) Bn The Black Watch in training at Bristol and then they moved to Sutton Veny Wiltshire to join up with other Regiments to become the 26th Division. Soon after they were posted to France and Lt Anderson was chief Instructor of the Bombing School at Villers Bretteneaux in the Somme area and then in November they were ordered to move to Salonika and the Black Watch were there on active service . Lt Anderson was mentioned in the War diary several times including one where he and a 2nd Lieutenant was on a night raid on enemy lines and two of their men were wounded so the two officers carried these men back to their lines but they died of their wounds . Lt Anderson in 1917 applied for an attachment to the Royal Flying Corps and after training in England was posted to France joining 18sqn RFC flying Daytime Bombers ( DH4 ) and he was an observer but on 27th June 1918 whilst flying with Canadian pilot Lt R C Bennett he was seriously wounded to the stomach and thigh and he lost a lot of blood in getting back to their lines and a Casualty Clearing Station at Aire . The Arbroath Herald and the Arbroath Guide and the Courier reported the Lt Anderson had lost a lot of blood and that he could not be moved for some time and that the Arbroath Doctor Major JEG Thomson MC had visited him several times as he was serving in that area . Lt Anderson was moved by canal to a base hospital and then over to Britain and military hospitals in Eaton Sq London and Swanage . Then on Armistice Day 1919 Lt Anderson arrived back in Arbroath by ambulance train to be visited by his family doctor , Dr J EG Thomson MC who had been discharged from the HM Forces to care for his patients in Arbroath based at Gowan Street in the town. Lt Anderson had to dress his wounds daily and be visited by the doctor but then he was admitted to the Arbroath Infirmary for yet another stomach operation on the area of his gunshot wounds received in war and he died on 2 November 1921 having just managed his 29th birthday a few weeks before . He was buried 5 days later at the Western Cemetery compartment D and the RAF sent a floral tribute and the Red Hackle Magazine of the Black Watch for January 1922 included his obituary in its pages .
It is now hoped that the November 2012 edition of the Red Hackle magazine of the Black Watch will include the story of Lt Anderson's name being added to the Black Watch roll of honour for the Great War
Posted - 27 Apr 2012 : 4:50:37 PM I've just received a communication from Lt Col Roddy Riddell, regimental secretary at The Black Watch Home Headquarters at Balhousie castle Perth that he is to have a "Write up" in the November 2012 Red Hackle Magazine of the Black Watch on this new entry in the Scottish National War Memorial at the Castle in Edinburgh
Posted - 30 Apr 2012 : 4:38:53 PM I have today just received from the Scottish National War Memorial at the Castle in Edinburgh a Certificate recording Lieut P W Anderson listed in the Black Watch ( Royal Highlanders) with these details :
Remembering with Honour in the Scottish National War Memorial - Lieut Patrick Wright Anderson - The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders ) who gave his life whilst serving his King and Country 2nd November 1921
signed by Major General Mark Strudwick , Chairman of the Trustees.
Also included is a copy :
- Roll of Honour Page for the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) in the Great War listing
Anderson : Patrick Wright Lieut , Died of wounds UK 2/11/ 1921 . latterly RFC & RAF
Posted - 15 May 2012 : 10:20:20 PM The Courier & Advertiser for Tuesday 15th May 2012 has a two page write up called The BLACK WATCH THREAT and there is a good write up and article on Lieut P W Anderson and the recently added name to the Black Watch roll at the Castle in Edinburgh
Posted - 18 May 2012 : 12:12:41 PM The Arbroath Herald for Friday 18th May 2012 has a good report on this Black Watch roll of Honour entry in the Scottish National War Memorial at the Castle in Edinburgh and shows a picture of the Certificate that is issued for a casualty listed on its Roll of Honour . A good write up by the Arbroath Herald
Posted - 19 May 2012 : 7:39:30 PM Thanks Woodentop for adding the Arbroath herald page and thanks too for the comment by 8 ball .
Only taken 90 years to get my Namesake Uncle's name added to the Edinburgh Castle roll of honour and the Commonwealth War Grave Commission will not list his name as he died of his serious stomach & thigh wounds received in action on 27 June 1918 with 18 Sqn RAF two months after their official cut off date for the Great War ending on the 31st August 1921 . He died on 2nd November 1921 with a death certificate showing "death due to war wounds etc " .
Posted - 09 Mar 2013 : 7:25:41 PM I see that my uncle's name has been updated onto the Black Watch roll of honour at the Scottish National War Memorial at the Edinburgh Castle and his name is now listed onto the SNWM website recording these details
Lieut Patrick Wright ANDERSON , The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) latterly RFC & RAF died 2 November 1921 UK