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Andrew was born in Bilston in 1891, the son of Andrew and Amy Anderson. By 1911, they were living at 24 Bridge Street, Bilston, along with Andrew’s siblings Arthur, Emma, Amelia, Florrie and Amy. Andrew was a stamper for a galvanized bracket maker. Later that year, Andrew married Mary Ann Bromley, and the couple had three children – Elsie N., Emma and Florence – between 1912 and 1914.

Andrew enlisted initially in the Royal Field Artillery (number 71221), before transferring to the 4th Battalion of the London Regiment (number G/16744). He first served in France from 7 December 1915. He was killed in action on 27 March 1916. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, as well as on the Bilston High Town Ward roll of honour.