Anderson, John Scott


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John Scott Anderson was born on 13th January 1903, the son of Sir John Anderson of Eastcote Place, Pinner.   His mother was Winifred Ethel Dunbar, daughter of John Billing Pope (Com 1861).   His younger brother, Alastair Douglas Anderson (H 1921-1924) died on active service in Burma in 1947 (see individual entry).    He came from St Andrew’s School, Eastbourne to Culver’s Close, as Bramston’s was then called, in January 1917 under the Housemastership of Mr C E Robinson.   He rose to become a House Prefect, a member of the Shooting VIII and of 2nd XI soccer team.  In 1922 he passed into Magdalene College, Cambridge and subsequently went into business as an East India Merchant with Guthrie & Co in Singapore.

In 1938 he retired from the Far East, marrying Miss Olive Moir the same year.   Whilst on a trip to Singapore with his wife he was caught up in the outbreak of war.    He enlisted in the 2nd (Selangor) Battalion of the Federated Malay States Volunteer Reserve and stayed on until 10th January 1942 when he was killed in action at Batu Tiga on the Bukit Rajah Estate, Selangor.

According to the Commonweath War Graves Commission he is commemorated at St Martin’s Churchyard Extension, Ruislip.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Anderson
  • Forenames or initials: John Scott
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1917-1922
  • Rank: Private
  • Regiment: 2nd Batt. Federated Malay States Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 13th January 1903
  • Date of Death: 10th January 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated in St Martin's Churchyard, Ruislip