Diamond War Memorial Project

Corporal Norman Ross Anderson

1st Australians / 5th Battalion Australian Infantry Regimental Number 1063
Born: 1893-05-15 Died: 1917-09-20 Aged: 24 Enlisted: ------

Interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of George (born Scotland 1852/53) and Agnes (nee McCutcheon, born Scotland 1858/59) Anderson, Northern Counties Hotel/10, Carlisle Road, Londonderry. Brother of Margaret (born June 14, 1884); James Alexander (born December 11, 1885, and worked as a factory clerk circa 1901); Mary McNeil (born October 6, 1887); George Herbert (born April 27, 1891); and John Stephen (born July 29, 1895).

Norman Ross Anderson was a member of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, Londonderry, and was educated at the Model School, Londonderry.

He went to Australia at the age of 22, and served through the Great War at Gallipoli and France. A brother, James Alexander (who married Elizabeth Frances, eldest daughter of George and Elizabeth Harding, Waterloo Road, Tonbridge, Kent, on April 29, 1916, at the Wesleyan Church, Hythe, Kent), served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Great War, and spent time in hospital in England (around April 1917) suffering from shrapnel wounds in the chest and throat.

Norman Ross Anderson's father, George, was a well-known and much respected figure in Londonderry for over forty years. He came to the city from Scotland in 1880, receiving an appointment as precentor of the then newly erected Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, a position he filled until 1923.

George Anderson was also prominent in business in the city, where he became proprietor of a pastry cook and confectioner's establishment in Carlisle Road. He was twice married. His first wife was Agnes McCutcheon (died October 17, 1924, at 10, Carlisle Road, Londonderry), whose sister, Mrs Gibson, was one time part proprietor of the Northern Counties Hotel. His second wife was formerly Miss Bethia W. Logan. George Anderson died, at the age of ninety-three, on May 9, 1943, at 'Ythan,' Gartcosh, Scotland.

Norman and George Anderson, 10, Carlisle Road, signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.