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Family donates war veteran's bust
Alfred Anderson bust
Mr Anderson's bust will take pride of place in the museum
A bust of one of Scotland's last World War I veterans has been handed over to the Black Watch Museum in Perth.

The statue of Alfred Anderson, who died last year, has been on display in his home town of Alyth, Perthshire.

Mr Anderson, who died aged 109, served with the 5th Battalion the Black Watch and enjoyed a long association with it.

His family have donated the bust, which was commissioned by locals and created by town artist Tony Morrow, to the Black Watch's regimental HQ.

It is taking pride of place in the World War I room at Balhousie Castle, which was opened by Mr Anderson in 2003.

General Sir Alistair Irwin, Colonel of the Black Watch, accepted the bust and Mr Anderson's medals - including France's highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur - on behalf of the regiment.

I met Alfred on numerous occasions and he was a charming man
Major Ronnie Proctor
Black Watch Museum curator

Major Ronnie Proctor, curator of the Black Watch Museum, said: "The family have kindly donated the bust that was made, as well as Alfred's medals, to the museum.

"He was (one of the) last surviving First World War veterans and also the oldest man in Scotland, so it is an honour.

"I met him on numerous occasions and he was a charming man."

Alyth Parish Church minister and former Black Watch chaplain the Rev Neil Gardner said it was fitting the bust should be on display at the museum.

Alfred Anderson
Mr Anderson died last year at the age of 109

"Tony Morrow offered to do the bust in time for Alfred's 109th birthday and it was unveiled on his birthday last year as a celebration of his life," he said.

"It was on display in the local library in Airlie Street until the end of last year.

"It has been much admired and by relocating it to Perth it will get a wider audience."

Mr Anderson was born in Dundee and joined the Black Watch at the age of 18.

Shrapnel wound

Mr Anderson was thought to have been the longest surviving veteran of the 1914 Christmas truce when British and German troops shook hands in no-man's-land.

For a short time he was batman to Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was the brother of the late Queen Mother.

He saw action in the trenches before suffering a shrapnel wound to the back of the neck in 1916.

Mr Anderson had to lie in a trench throughout the day and was taken away for medical treatment under the cover of darkness.

His injury ended his active service and he spent the rest of the war as an instructor, finishing the war as a staff sergeant.




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