Percy ANDERSON 1919 – 1945

T/156324 Driver Percy Anderson, Royal Army Service Corps died 22 February 1945 aged 25.  He is buried in Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan [1] and commemorated on West Auckland War Memorial.

Family Details

Percy was born 4 September 1919,[2] the son of John Hope and Sarah Mary Anderson and the older brother to Edith and Clarence.   In 1919, Percy’s father 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] Percy’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]  John Anderson 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, Clarence, 1592302 Aircraftsman Clarence Anderson, Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve who died 22 November 1943 aged 18.  He is buried in West Auckland Cemetery. [7]

Service Details

The service details of Driver Percy Anderson have not been researched.  It is likely that he was captured at Singapore.[8]

Burial [9]

Driver Percy Anderson is buried at grave reference A.A.7 [British Section] Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan.  His headstone bears the following inscription:

To the world

He was one of many

To us, he was all the world

The cemetery was built by the Australian War Graves Group after the Second World War and contains the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who died in Japan as prisoners of war or with the occupying forces after the war.  It contains 1,555 Commonwealth burials and commemorations.

Photo courtesy of UK & Ireland Find a Grave website


[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] England & Wales Birth Index Vol.10a p.465 1925 Q3 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] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[8] UK Allied Prisoners of War 1939-1945 Far East British Military Personnel No.4 Group, Singapore Nominal Roll

[9] CWGC