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Trooper Andrew Anderson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Andrew Frederick Anderson

Ancestor's date of birth: 03/01/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 26/04/1915

Cause of Death: Returned from the Boer War killed in action at Gallipoli on the day after the landing.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Was born in Dunedin New Zealand. A bootmaker from South Melbourne at the time of his enlistment. Served 2 years 8months 1st SAIR ACH service in South Africa Came from New Zealand & was a boat maker also never married.

Service Number: 1027(BMI), 458(ACH)

Colony or State of enlistment: Initial enlistment in South Africa, subsequently enlisted in VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Unit: Bethune's Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1900(?)

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 17/08/1914

Murray Page: 311

Contingent: 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse (Vic)

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa for initial tour of duty.

Ship: Manchester Merchant, Date of Sailing: 26/02/1902

Other Boer War Service: Nil.

Memorial details: Memorial at Lone Pine.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal clasps. King's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: 177 cm tall 89 kg (1914) of dark complexion with brown eyes and hair. Had a vaccination mark on right upper arm.

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: Served 18 months(?) in Bethunes Mounted Infantry from when it was formed in Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal. March - May 1902 with the 2ACH on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia and was discharged on 2 August 1902. Worked as a Marine Fireman, did not marry. Joined the AIF, 5 Bn on 17 August 1914. When he joined, he indicated he has 2.5 years service in the South African Infantry but did not mention serving in the BMI. Died at Gallipoli (no known grave) on 26 April 1915.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Denise Anderson, Mooroolbark VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece


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