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Anderson, Alfred

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Born: 1896 AD
Died: 2005 AD, at 109 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Soldier

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1896 - Born on June 25th. Alfred Anderson, 108, is the only Scot to have fought in the Great War who is still living in his native country. A British soldier of World War I.

1914 - Alfred Anderson was 18 at the time. His unit, the 5th Battalion The Black Watch, was one of the first involved in trench warfare.

         - Anderson still treasures the gift package sent to every soldier a few days before the first Christmas of the war from the Princess Royal. The brass box, which is embossed with a profile of Princess Mary, was filled with cigarettes.

         - The last surviving soldier to have been present during impromptu Christmas truce between British and German troops.

1915 - Prince Charles paid him a private visit after learning that he had served briefly as batman to the Queen Mother's brother, Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who, along with hundreds of Mr Anderson's regimental colleagues, was killed at the Battle of Loos.

1998 - Was awarded France's highest honour - the Légion d'Honneur - for his services during the First World War, was recently in the rare position of witnessing one of his six children's golden wedding anniversaries.

2005 - Died on November 21st.


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