John Turnbull Anderson 5 October 1917

Another name on the memorial to the missing at Tyne Cot is that of the youngest of the Laxton School Five, John Turnbull Anderson, who was still only 19 when he fell at Passchendaele.

He was mentioned by Sanderson in his address to Laxton School on their Speech Day in 1917. Like Douglas McMichael, four years his senior, he was deemed sufficiently academic to attend lessons at Oundle School in his last two years, and again like McMichael, won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge as a result. However, plans to go to Cambridge had to be put on hold and he enlisted for the War instead.

He joined the Machine Gun Corps and gained a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was killed alongside fellow Laxton School boy, William Horsford just eighteen months after leaving school. He fell near Ypres, where Douglas McMichael had died the year before. His body was never found and he is commemorated amongst the missing on the Tyne Cot Memorial, near Ypres.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow