The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private (Later Sergeant) James Anderson MID|
Name of Ancestor: James Percy Anderson
Ancestor's date of birth: 26/06/1874
Ancestor's date of death: 17/09/1956
Cause of Death: Age related
Service Number: 1676
Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne?
Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 29/09/1918
Murray Page: 302
Contingent: Fifth Victorian
Ship: Orient, Argus, or City of Lincoln, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901
Memorial details: VMR Memorial Melbourne
Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Mention in Despatches.
Personal Characteristics: Stubborn, determined. Height: 167 cm, weight: 61 kg (1915).
Reasons to go and fight: Adventure
Details of service in war: March 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat.
Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a shearer. Served in WW1 (4 Bn AIF) on the Somme, enlisted 13 November 1915 No 4069. Promoted corporal 13 April 1918. Attained rank of Sergeant 29 September 1918. He was gassed. Mentioned in despatches for 'conspicuous service' on 11 July, 1919 (event occurred 16 March, 1919). It was gazetted in Australia 30 October, 1919. After WW1 he leased vineyards at Vinifera in Victoria. He was often very unwell due to his war service and lived on a TPI pension for many years prior to his death.
Name of Descendant: Judy Harvey, Cashmere QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandaughter