The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Lance Corporal Bright Anderson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Bright Oliver Anderson

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 12/04/1964

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 194

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Bendigo

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: LCPL, Date Effective: 01/01/19

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 17/03/1917

Murray Page: 264

Contingent: Fourth Victorian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: QSA medal with clasps (since lost), 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A well liked man who was very softly spoken. Height: 168 cm, weight: 61 kg (1917).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal under Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901). May also have been part of Rhodesia garrison (1901).

Service and life after the Boer War: Came to WA and settled in the Midland area of Perth. Later went on to serve in WW1 (enlisted 17 March 1917) with the 11th Bn AIF (No 7437). Went to England but did not go the France due to old age and illness. Left in approx 1917 and returned to Aust in 1918 (17 June 1918). Had six sons who all served in WW2. A great grandson (me) who has served OS in the ADF and another Great Grand Son who has also served OS with the ADF.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Gary James Kalem, Mosman Park WA
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grand Son

Name of Descendant: Paula Dent, Cheltenham VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grand Daughter


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