Anderson, Colin Knox (1888-1914)


Third son of George Knox Anderson and Mary Anderson

Listed in 1891 census as aged 2 living at Saye House, Castle Gardens, Rochester with his parents, 3 siblings and 5 domestic staff

1901 Census aged 12 living at Holywood House, Frindsbury

1911 Census aged 23 visiting an address in Malvern Worcestershire, possibly his old college, he’s a 2nd Lieutenant in 3rd Batallion West Kent Regiment at this point. His home address was 33 Star Hill, Rochester

Military Career

2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, joined 1908. Promoted Lieutenant 1 April 1911

Served with BEF in France and Flanders and killed in action 23 August 1914 at Mons. Buried at Hautrage Military Cemetery

Colin’s page on Every Man Remembered can be found here.

Described as a keen sportsman and cricketer for his college and regiment.

His effects totalling £4715 8s 11d were left to his father.




Extract from the Regimental War Diary for 23rd August 1914

Piece 1553/1-5: 13 Infantry Brigade: 1 Battalion Queen´s Own (Royal West Kent ) (1914 Aug – 1916 April)

HORNU. 23.8.14 SUNDAY 4.454AM

Orders received for the troops holding our section of the line of the canal to be strengthened by one company & one of our advanced companies to proceed along TERTRE Road to support a reconnaissance by one squadron 19th HUSSARS & 5th CYCLIST CO.

A Coy. Under Capt LISTER was therefore sent forward to support C Coy. & come under the immediate orders of Major BUCKLE. C & D Coys. Had since their arrival on the line of the canal put their positions in as thorough state of defence as there was time for.


When the mounted troops had moved out north of the canal A Coy. Took a position to cover their retirement at the road junction south of the E in TERTRE (MONS map B.T.7a)

12:0 NOON

Later the cyclists were driven in by superior force of GERMAN infantry, A Coy. Coming under heavy fire (rifle & shrapnel) & being forced to retire on the line of the canal. Their casualties were killed Lieut C.K. ANDERSON & 6 other ranks, wounded Lt A.A.E.CHITTY & 29 other ranks, missing Capt. G.D.LISTER (known to be wounded) & 58 other ranks.


Sources: sources

1891 Census Class: Class: RG12; Piece: 656; Folio: 16; Page: 25; GSU roll: 6095766

1901 Census Class: RG13; Piece: 719; Folio: 95; Page: 15

1911 Census Class: RG14; Piece: 17649; Schedule Number: 80, comp. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008.

Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries; Class: WO 95 England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.



Sean Ryan

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