Mystery of missing war memorial names

Bearsden War Memorial
Bearsden War Memorial

A Milngavie man is asking why the names of three soldiers killed in the First World War are missing from Bearsden war memorial.

William Cameron found the men’s names on a gravestone in the grounds of New Kilpatrick Church, Bearsden, and when he looked for them on the war memorial at Bearsden Cross he couldn’t see them.

Mr Cameron (75), who has an interest in the local area’s history and heritage, said: “They all appeared to be from the same family and served in the First World War so I couldn’t understand why their names weren’t included.

“I think it’s a terrible shame that they are not on the memorial when they paid the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict.

“I was hoping that perhaps some of your readers may be able to supply the answer.”

They are - Charles Anderson - Captain 1st Battalion H.L.I. Born August 1888 and fell at Givenchy on December 19, 1914, Alexander Anderson 2nd Lt. 1st Battalion H.L.I. Born February 1884 and fell at Vielle Chapelle in October 1915 and William Anderson V.C. Lt Col. 12th Battalion H.L.I. Born December 1881 and fell at Marincourt in March 1918.

One of the names - Edward Anderson - does appear on the memorial - he was a Captain R.F.C. and killed in a flying accident at Winchester on March 16, 1918.

John Innes, spokesperson for the Milngavie and Bearsden branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, said: “We are investigating this and so far we have tracked down the four brothers who are recorded on Lundin Links war memorial in Fife as we believe they came from there.

“They are also recorded in a church in Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church, Glasgow.”

The centenary of the First World war began this year and lasts until 2018.

A spokesperson for the British Legion Scotland, added: “The British Legion Scotland does a number of things to commemorate the lives of people who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

They ran a primary school war memorial competition this year with an entry from Killermont Primary School in Bearsden - and they worked with their local Legion branch.

They also run ‘Our Best Kept War Memorial’ competition each year to encourage communities to look after their local war memorials.”