Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Colin Knox Anderson

Photo of Colin Knox Anderson
House and time at Malvern: No 7, 1903 - 1908.

Regiment: Royal West Kent Regt.
Died: 23 August 1914 aged 26 in Belgium. Killed in action at Mons.
Battle: Battle of Mons. Cemetery: Hautrage Military Cemetery I D 17

Son of George Knox Anderson, D.L., J.P., and Mrs. Anderson, of Bridge Hill House, Canterbury, Kent.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. XI Cricket; XXII Football.
In business.
Lieutenant 3rd Batt. Royal West Kent Regt. 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914. 3rd Bn. attd. "A" Coy. 1st Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

'His simplicity of character, unfailing high spirits, and enthusiastic enjoyment of whatever was in hand at the moment made him one of the best of comrades. His nature came out clearly in his cricket, for he was one of those bowlers—and he bowled fast—who would never ask for a rest, and a batsman who always hoped to hit the ball for six. He had recently gone into business, and had made an excellent start in it. At the beginning of the War he was attached to the 2nd Batt. Royal West Kent Regiment. He fell at Mons.' (Malvernian, Nov 1914)

During the Battle of Mons, his company was ordered to cover the withdrawal of the cavalry patrols and crossed the Mons-Conde Canal.
Heavily outnumbered, almost half of his company were hit of which 2/3rds were killed or 'missing'.
He was shot through the head and was left behind when the retirement was called and was buried by the Germans.

Led by Lions:MPs and Sons Who Fell in the First World War By Neil Thornton