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Gerard Rupert Laurie Anderson (15 March 1889 – November 1914), universally known as “Twiggy”, was a British hurdler who participated in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics and held the world record for the 440-yards hurdles.

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Twiggy Anderson was born in Twickenham, then a village and parish in Brentford district, Middlesex county in Greater London, England.[1] His parents were the Rev David Anderson, an Anglican prebendary, and Blanche Alice May Anderson (nee Laurie). He had two sisters, Gladys and Mona Constance Amabel , and a brother, Arthur Emilius David.[1] He attended Eton and Trinity College, Oxford. On graduating he was elected to a Fellowship of All Souls College. He was the AAA champion at the 120-yards hurdles in 1909-1910 and 1912.[2] On 16 July 1910 at the Crystal Palace, Anderson set the IAAF world record in the 440-yards hurdles with a time of 56.8 seconds.[2][3] Anderson took part in the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 and was favored to win a medal, but had an accident during the Men's 110 metres and was disqualified. Anderson's brother Arthur was also a noted track star and competed in the 100 metres competition as well the 200 metres event. After graduating university, Anderson became a manager at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead.[2]

During the First World War, Anderson joined the British Army and gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant.[2] On 16 October 1914, he joined the 3rd Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment, and he saw action with this unit in France and Belgium [1][2][4][5] On 7 November, Anderson was shot and mortally wounded in the heart, aged 25, at Hooge, near Ypres. Also killed were Captain George Bertram Pollock-Hodsoll, a footballer who had played for Casuals and Corinthians (who had, on occasion, captained the Army team), and four enlisted men. Anderson's unit successfully repelled a German attack and captured twenty-five enemy troops.[5] There are differing accounts of Anderson's death from his wounds. Battalion records state he was killed on 7 November, the day he was wounded.[5] A sports biography places his death on 9 November [2] and records from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission place his death on 11 November.[1]

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