Alfred Anderson

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Alfred Anderson (born June 25, 1896 in Newtyle , † November 21, 2005 in Newtyle, Angus ) was a British war veteran of the First World War .


Anderson served briefly in the 5th Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) as officer orderly to Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon , the brother of the Queen Mother Elizabeth .

In 1914 he experienced the Christmas peace on the western front ; at the time of his death he was the latter's last British eyewitness . Although he had not taken part in the football games, he was able to remember the memorable Christmas celebrations that the warring soldiers celebrated together in the first year of the war. He especially remembered the silence that prevailed at the time compared to the roaring front-line events.

At the time of his death, the 109-year-old was considered both one of the last British veterans of the First World War and the oldest Scot .

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