James ANDERSON MM, MM*

ANDERSON, James

Service Number: 34
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 14th Field Ambulance
Born: Drysdale, Victoria, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Drysdale, Greater Geelong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 34, 2nd Field Ambulance
19 Oct 1914: Involvement Driver, SN 34, 2nd Field Ambulance
19 Oct 1914: Embarked Driver, SN 34, 2nd Field Ambulance, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 34, 2nd Field Ambulance, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
24 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 14th Field Ambulance, Egypt
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 34, 14th Field Ambulance, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
11 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 34, 14th Field Ambulance, Bullecourt (Second)
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 34, 14th Field Ambulance, Polygon Wood
19 Jun 1918: Honoured Military Medal
28 Jul 1918: Honoured Military Medal and bar
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 34, 14th Field Ambulance, "The Last Hundred Days"
23 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, SN 34, 14th Field Ambulance, RTA 23 October 1918 (1914 Leave)

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Military Medal

'On the nights 18th/19th and 19th/20th June 1918 Private ANDERSON acted as driver to the Ford Motor Ambulance running between the Regimental Aid Post, South East of TREUX, and the Motor Loading Post, West of BUIRE. During these nights he repeatedly drove his car through barrage fire and successfully evacuated casualties. He showed indifference to danger, and splendid determination. the work of carefully driving a car in the dark, loaded with wounded, over a road pitted with shell holes, and in the villages of TREUX and BUIRE, covered with debris, demanded the greatest coolness and courage. His example set a fine standard for the other drivers of motor ambulances in the forward area and has had an excellent effect.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919
 

Bar to Military Medal

'For very great bravery on the night of 28th/29th July 1918 South East of MERICOURT on the BRAY-CORBIE Road when acting as driver of a Ford Motor Ambulance. Great difficulty was being experienced in getting the wounded away from the Regimental Aid Post at J 23 d 8.9 across country over broken muddy ground. Private NADERSON having heard of this drove his car along the Bray-Corbie Road in fully daylight and under considerable shell fire to a point in advance of the Aid Post and turned down a bye track and so reached the Aid Post. He returned along the same road many times and so effected the rapid evacuation of a large number of wounded. His action proceeding as far forward without having been ordered to do so along a road under full observation of the enemy and in full daylight not only showed great personal bravery and devotion to duty but also was a great use in successfully evacuating the wounded from the most difficult point in the sector.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

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