Gerard Anderson attended Eton and Oxford University. An outstanding athlete, Anderson was the AAA champion at the 120-yards hurdles in 1910 and 1912. He also broke the world record holder at the 440-yards hurdles.
Anderson also represented Britain in the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. Unfortunately he suffered a freak accident in the final and finished without a medal.
After leaving university Anderson became a manager at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. On the outbreak of the First World War he immediately abandoned his career and offered his services to the British Army and was granted a commission as a Second Lieutenant.