Anderson, Alastair Douglas


He was the second son of Sir John Anderson of Singapore and Lady Winifred Ethel Dunbar Anderson, the daughter of John Billing Pope (Com 1861).   The family home was Eastcote Place, Pinner.   He was the brother of James Scott Anderson (H1917-1922) (see individual entry) who was killed in action at Batu Tiga in January 1942.

He went into Mr Robinson’s House (Culver’s Close) in 1921 and on leaving Winchester in 1925 went up to Pembroke College, Oxford.  On graduating, he became an advertising agent.

On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a Private in 36th (Searchlight) Regiment of the Royal Artillery; in 1940 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Pioneer Corps, and rose to Captain in 1944.   He then served as a Staff Captain at the War Office.   In 1945 he went out as a Major in the 12th Army to Burma where he was mentioned in Despatches.   He contracted tuberculosis and died in 1947 at the age of 39.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Anderson
  • Forenames or initials: Alastair Douglas
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1921-1924
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: General Staff
  • Date of Birth: 6th November 1907
  • Date of Death: 13th June 1947
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown