David Vallance Kerr ANDERSON MM


ANDERSON, David Vallance Kerr

Service Number: 13254
Enlisted: 31 July 1915, Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Field Ambulance
Born: Buninyong, Victoria, 1893
Home Town: Redfern, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Ballarat College, Scotch College & Ormond College, Melbourne University
Occupation: University Student
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 1 October 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XXV, Row G, Grave 3A
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne
7 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 13254, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 13254, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Karoola, Melbourne
1 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 13254, 12th Field Ambulance, Polygon Wood

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David Vallance Kerr ANDERSON was born in 1893 in Buninyong, Victoria

His parents were Francis Armour ANDERSON and Catherine Smith KERR

He had previous service with the University Volunteers A.M.C before he enlisted on 31st July, 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the Army Medical Corps, Special Re-inforcements - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Karoola on 7th March, 1916

David died on 1st October, 1917 at the No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station of wounds received in Action (gunshot wounds to chest & abdomen) - he is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium & also honoured on the Australian War Memorial 

He was awarded a Military Medal in September 1917


His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the following... D. V. F. Anderson. 

He was also awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal


Mount Barker Courier 26th October, 1917


News was received in Murray Bridge during the week of the death in action of David Vallance Kerr Anderson, a former resident of the Bridge and brother to Mrs. D.F. Brandt Young - Anderson was closely connected with all the athletic bodies in Murray Bridge, was a member of the Presbyterian cricket and football clubs and a member of the Kirk and graduated as B.A. at the Ormond College, Melbourne,  Councillor Harvey said that he heard of Private Andersons death with great regret as he had been closely acquainted with him and his boys had been members of the same church & athletic clubs.  A fine young man or a cleaner liver had not existed.