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44130 Lance Corporal John Andrew

7th/8th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers

killed in action 23rd July 1918

aged 28

Buzancy Military Cemetery
Kilbarchan Cemetery
Ranfurly Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Paisley Grammar School Memorial

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

His Life

Brothers John and Henry Andrew were both killed in World War I. John was born on 20th October 1889 at Holmes, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, the youngest son of Henry Andrew, a gardener 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. John was 1 year old.

In 1901 the family, by then without Henry who was working as an ironmonger's assistant in Falkirk, was still at Claremont Place. Joseph was an apprentice plumber, Elizabeth a domestic servant, James a post office telegraph boy. Robert and John (11) 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 (21) a student teacher. 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 by then and was living in Glasgow.

John Andrew began his teaching career on 6th January 1913 at Mossvale School in Paisley. A school inspection report in March 1914 singled him out for special praise. On 3rd November 1914 he volunteered for active service and was enlisted in the 17th Battalion (3rd Glasgow) of the Highland Light Infantry, formed by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. He began his training on 6th November 1914 at Troon. Private John Andrew, 16258, first joined the theatre of war in France on 22nd November 1915. On 5th July 1916 he was injured in the leg during the Somme offensive. He recovered sufficiently to return to active service and was later promoted to Lance Corporal and transferred to the 7/8th King's Own Scottish Borderers which formed part of the 46th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. In July 1918 the Division was detached from the British Army, and sent to support the French and American troops near Buzancy in the Marne. They were in action only two hours after relieving the 1st Americans and were unfamiliar with the ground. A barrage in advance of the attack was ineffective. John Andrew was killed in that attack, one of 97 of his battalion killed or missing. The town of Buzancy was taken on 28th July 1918. Lance Corporal John Andrew is buried there, the second of the two Andrew brothers to fall.


The field of battle where John Andrew fell on 23rd July 1918. The 7th/8th King's Own Scottish Borderers were on the right of the 10th Scottish Rifles. The red circle shows their furthest advance that day.


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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