Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant Gerard Rupert Laurie Anderson, 3rd Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action at La Bassee in France. The son of a vicar, he was educated at Eton and won a scholarship to Trinity College, Oxford, where he excellent not only in academic subjects but also as an athlete. After graduating from university, he obtained a position with the famous British shipbuilding company, Cammell Laird, at Birkenhead.
Obtaining a commission in the Cheshire Regiment at the outbreak of the Great War, Second Lieutenant Anderson sailed for France on the 21st of September in 1914. He was wounded twice during the fighting but insisted on staying on duty, until he was shot through the heart while leading a charge against the German trenches, and was subsequently mentioned in Sir John French’s despatches. Second Lieutenant Anderson has no known grave, and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.
Gerard, from London, was 25 years old.