- Robert Learmouth Sandeman - who died aged 25 on the Somme in 1916. I wrote his story in week 8 'Shot by a German POW'.
- James Walker Sandeman - who was 24 when he died in Palestine in 1917. His story was told in week 13 'Another Sandeman dies for his Country'.
You would have thought that these deaths were enough for any mother to endure without having another child die violently during her lifetime. Sadly, another did die before Anne's death in 1947 and it is him I want to tell you about this week.
With War breaking out in Europe he signed up to join the 9th Black Watch on 17th October 1914 but was discharged as being medically unfit for duty the following day. However, he immediately signed up to carry out home duties with the Royal Highlanders. Again he was medically discharged from duty, this time with a gastric ulcer, a few months later on 4th February 1915.
According to his service records he wasn't very tall at five foot six inches and not very big either at just over nine stone. He was of fair complexion with light brown hair and grey eyes.
We don't know anything else about William's life other than what appeared in the Dundee Chronicle on Monday 24th November 1941. It looks like he was probably walking to his mother,s house in nearby Ramsay Street when he was knocked over by a bus during the black out. How terrible.
I liked the fact that the article correctly says that he served with the Black Watch ...... but fails to mention that this was actually for just one day !