Clarence ANDERSON 1925 – 1943

1592302 Aircraftsman Clarence Anderson, Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve died 22 November 1943 aged 18.  He is buried in West Auckland Cemetery [1] and commemorated on West Auckland War Memorial.

Family Details

Clarence was born 24 August 1925,[2] the son of John Hope and Sarah Mary Anderson and the younger brother to Percy and Edith.   In 1919, John Anderson lived at West Terrace, Evenwood with his parents, younger brother Ernest and 4 younger sisters, Elizabeth, Florence, Phoebe and Sarah.  He worked as a coal miner [putter].[3] Clarence’s mother, Sarah [nee Bowser] lived at Lockey’s Yard, West Auckland with her parents, 3 brothers John, Albert and James and 2 sisters Gertrude and Ethel.[4]  Clarence’s father John died in 1936.[5]  In 1939, the family lived at 4 Staindrop Road, West Auckland.  43 years old Sarah was a widow, undertaking unpaid domestic duties, Percy was a motor lorry driver, Edith was a hand engraver in a factory [possibly Bonds Engraving at St. Helens Trading Estate] and Clarence was at school.[6]

Sadly, the family lost another son, Percy.  T/156324 Driver Percy Anderson, Royal Army Service Corps died 22 February 1945, aged 25.  He is buried at Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan.[7]

Service Details

The service details of Aircraftsman Clarence Anderson have not been researched.

Burial [8]

Aircraftsman Clarence Anderson is buried in West Auckland Cemetery at grave reference section E, Row J Grave 29.  His headstone bears the following inscription:

To the world

He was one of many

To us, he was all the world


[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] England & Wales Birth Index Vol.10a p.465 1925Q3 Auckland & 1939 England & Wales Register

[3] 1911 census

[4] 1911 census [siblings presumed since Sarah and Ethel were visitors to Joseph & Edith White, Chapel Street, West Auckland]

[5] England & Wales Death Index 1916-2007 Vol.10a p.262 1936Q2 Auckland

[6] 1939 England & Wales Register

[7] CWGC

[8] CWGC