Fettes College WW1 Centenaries

Fettes College WW1 Centenaries

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Last weekend marked the centenaries of three young pilots, contemporaries in pre-war Fettes, losing their lives. On 16 March it was 100 years since the death of Capt. Edward ‘Teddie’ Anderson (M1910), who was fatally injured whilst flying in England. He had served in combat over the Western Front, including 'balloon-busting' at the Somme. He seems to have been serving as an instructor in the notoriously tricky Sopwith Camel when he was killed. He was the third Anderson brother to be killed, Charlie having been lost in the winter battles of late 1914 and Ronnie shot by a sniper a year later.

The following day, 17 March 1918, 2/Lt. Thomas Gordon Shaw (C1910), also a Camel pilot, was shot down over France, and on 18 March a third, Flt. Lt. Norman Clark (M1909) was killed in large air battle involving several squadrons on each side over Le Cateau.

Pictures (top): Teddy Anderson (left) as a private in the Fettes Corps, 1913; Donald Mackintosh (right), who was Fettes’ first VC winner of WW1 (Teddy’s brother Bertie was the second) and between them is Philip Fisher, who was wounded but survived the war. The photos (below) of Teddy in flying kit and uniform, and as a child with his brothers, originally appeared in The Independent.

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