“For most conspicuous bravery, determination, and gallant leading of his command” on 25 March 1918, Acting Lieutenant Colonel William Herbert Anderson VC, known to his family as Bertie, was awarded the Victoria Cross.
A paving stone to mark the centenary of Colonel Anderson’s award will be unveiled at the People’s Palace in Glasgow on Sunday 25 March 2018 at 12 noon. Members of the regiment and the general public are invited to the unveiling ceremony.
At Bois Favieres, near Maricourt, France, Bertie’s battalion, 12th (Service) Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry (12 HLI), was under constant attack by the enemy and forced to withdraw with heavy losses. On two separate occasions, he gathered and reorganised his men, successfully counter-attacking and regaining lost ground.
Sadly, although the second attack drove the enemy from his position, it “resulted in this very gallant officer losing his life. He died fighting within the enemy’s lines, setting a magnificent example to all those who were privileged to serve under him.”
Sadly, Bertie’s three brothers also died in action during WWI.