Private James Arthur W Anderson - Cameron Highlanders 2923325

1901 Born circa (family info) Probably at Law or Carluke, about 15 miles SE of Glasgow in Lanarkshire. James had an older brother, George, who was in the RFA. A younger brother, William Rogerson, was killed just before the invasion of Sicily. And Eight other brothers and sisters. The 1911 census and the birth index, taken together, indicates that he was James Rogerson Anderson, so I am not convinced that this is the right man.

1911 census at Thornton's Row, Law

1921 Oct 26 Kidnapped at Cobh and is "believed buried at Knockraha"

Anderson's sister in Glasgow wrote to Collins who replied "We have to report that Private Anderson QOCH did not fall into our hands and we have no information on his whereabouts" and "our forces are not concerned with his disappearance" The sister who wrote to Collins is believed to have been "Ness", which is often short for Agnes

The Year of the Disappearances has a long article on how this man may have been picked up in mistake for a Lt Anderson. Lt Anderson was blamed locally for the death of John O'Connell, a Cobh blacksmith (who ironically was also shot in a case of mistaken identity, in lieu of John O'Connell an IRA company commander). The author contends that one body was discovered under the floorboards of Corry's farm during the civil war. The body was that of a British soldier in uniform. There is a closed file on Martin Corry (MA DD series A/09690) which may shed some light on this. Corry was the executioner-in-chief of the Cork IRA during this period, and used a dungeon on his farmland between Knockraha and Watergrasshill, known locally as the Rea to house prisoners prior to execution and dumping their bodies in adjacent bogs.

The Regimental Museum has a reference to 2923325 Pte J Anderson, in the 2nd Bn Orderly Room notes for the July 1921 edition of the 79th News (the Regimental Magazine). He was promoted to LCpl on 16 April 1921.

British Soldiers died in Ireland