R J P Anderson, 1914



This photo was taken in Aldershot in August 1914 while Anderson was still a major. He took over from T T Pitman as CO of the 11th in 1915 but in March he was put in command of all troops of 72nd Brigade south of the Omignon River as far as the Brigade's west boundary. The regiment was under the command of Captain Hon. Luke White. Anderson was commanding over 9 companies from different infantry regiments as well as the 11th which consisted of 12 officers and 200 men. It was Anderson's misfortune that he was ordered to withdraw from Vermand near St Quentin through the reserve 'Green Line' held by 50th Division, to reform. This withdrawal started in an atmosphere of confusion and panic but the day was saved by Major Moir of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who shouted "Stand fast the Argylls!" This was enough to inspire bravery throughout the Brigade. Anderson was CO until 1920 when he handed over to W J Lockett. He had been in the regiment for 27 years.


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by Stephen Luscombe