The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private (Later Sergeant) James Anderson MID

Ancestor Details

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.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Judy Harvey, Cashmere QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandaughter


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