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M2/032127 Private Henry Andrew

1st Mechanical Transport Reserve Depot,
Army Service Corps

died of fever 4th January 1917

aged 39

Kilbarchan Cemetery
Ranfurly Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of Henry Andrew and Janet Boyd
Claremont Place, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Brothers Henry and John Andrew were both killed in World War I. Henry was born on 11th December 1877 at Midton Farm, Howwood, Renfrewshire, the eldest of a family of seven born to Henry Andrew, from Dundonald, Ayrshire and Janet Boyd, also from Dundonald, who had married there on 15th December, 1876.

In 1881 Henry (28), Janet (30), and their sons Henry and Joseph were living in Kildonan Lodge, Colmonell, a small village in South Ayrshire where Henry was a gardener.

By 1891 after an itinerant few years, the Andrew family had settled in Claremont Place, off Main Street, Bridge of Weir. Henry senior was a jobbing gardener. Henry junior (13) was a grocer's message boy.

By 1901 Henry junior had moved to Falkirk and was an ironmonger's assistant, boarding with the Dow family at 40 Comely Park. The rest of the Andrew family was still at Claremont Place. Joseph was an apprentice plumber, Elizabeth a domestic servant, and James a post office telegraph boy. Robert and John were at school.

In 1911, five of the Andrew family were living in the same 2-roomed flat in Claremont Place. Henry senior was still a jobbing gardener; Margaret was "helping at home", Robert was a grocer's assistant and John a student teacher. Henry junior is not with the family. Joseph, a house plumber, was head of his own household in Windsor Place, Main Street, and married (to a Norwegian wife) with two children. Elizabeth had married Robert Jackson and was living in Glasgow.

Private Henry Andrew first joined the theatre of war with the Army Service Corps on 14th April 1915 in Egypt. The ASC, or Royal Army Service Corps, was responsible for servicing all British army theatres of war. The food for men and horses, ammunition and everything else that was needed to service an army of three million men was transported by the ASC, which had more than 300,000 soldiers at its peak. Later he served in Salonica, Greece, an Allied base for operations against pro-German Bulgaria, when he became ill with a fever. Henry received medical attention in Malta and Liverpool before being transferred to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He did not survive operations required after complications set in, and he died on 4th January 1917, the first of the two Andrew brothers to fall.


1881 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age Name Age
Henry3 Henry13Henry*23Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Joseph1 Joseph11Joseph B21Joseph Boyd*31Hurlford, Ayrshire
Eliz9Elizabeth H19Elizabeth*29Barrhill, Ayrshire
Margt7Margaret17Margaret27Maybole, Ayrshire
James6James15Maybole, Ayrshire
Robt3Robert13Robert23Howwood, Renfrewshire
John1John11John21Howwood, Renfrewshire

* = not in Henry and Janet Andrew's family home - see text for details


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