Dead Socialist Watch, #264

William Anderson, socialist politician. An activist in the Shop Assistants’ Union and an ILPer, he served as chairman of the party, 1910-13. He married Mary Reid Macarthur of the National Federation of Women Workers in 1911 (who really ought to be in this Dead Socialist Watch, and is going into the database right now). Opposed to the war, he was elected to Parliament for a Sheffield seat in December 1914 and in July 1917 called for the introduction to Britain of soldiers’ and workers’ councils on the model of the Russian soviets. Defeated in the 1919 election, along with other opponents of the war, he caught pneumonia and died shortly afterwards. Born at Findon, Banffshire, Scotland, 13 February 1877; died in London, 25 February 1919.

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