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Percival William Anderson

In memory of:

Major Percival William Anderson

October 28, 1917

Military Service


Age:

32

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Nova Scotia Regiment)

Division:

85th Bn.

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Additional Information


Born:

July 7, 1885
Big Baddeck, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

October 28, 1915
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Son of Alexander and Susan I. C. Anderson, of Poplar Grove Farm, South Side, Baddeck River, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 191 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 26 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Percival William– Captain (later Major) Percival William Anderson, MC (Vimy). Cropped from a vintage outdoor group portrait of original officers of the 85th Battalion CEF, circa October 1916-February 1917.
  • War Diary Page 10– Battalion's War Diary that tells the reader what Major Anderson's actions were.
  • War Diary Page 11– Battalion's War Diary that tells the reader what Major Anderson's actions were.
  • War Diary Page 12– Battalion's War Diary that tells the reader what Major Anderson's actions were.
  • Photo of Percival William Anderson– Major P.W. Anderson M.C. 85th Battalion
  • Group Photo– In memory of the officers of the 85th Overseas Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders who gave their lives during World War 1.

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

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