Alexander Campbell Anderson
Captain, Army Veterinary Corps
Alexander Campbell Anderson, was already serving in the British Army when war broke out in August 1914. Before taking part in the First World War, he served abroad in India and was involved in the Delhi Durbar, a mass assembly in Delhi which marked the coronation of King George V as Emperor of India. His participation saw him issued the Durbar Medal in 1911 which was awarded to all officers and men who took part in the event. As part of the regular force of the British Army, Alexander was quickly mobilised for overseas service in France and Flanders when Britain declared war. He served with the Army Veterinary Corps which specialised in providing medical care to the animals used by the Army in wartime. This largely focused on the care of horses and pigeons which were vital to transport and communication at the front. Alexander served with the Corps until being killed on 20th April 1915 as the British held the line at Ypres. He is buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery.