Albert Robert ANDERSON

ANDERSON, Albert Robert

Service Number: 1668
Enlisted: 2 August 1915, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tarranginnie, Victoria, Australia, 19 January 1897
Home Town: Nhill, Hindmarsh, Victoria
Schooling: Nhill State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Contractor
Died: Killed in Action, France, 31 May 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Allonville Communal Cemetery
Allonville Communal Cemetery Row B, Grave 2, Allonville Communal Cemetery, Allonville, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
29 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1668, 29th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Demosthenes embarkation_ship_number: A64 public_note: ''
29 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1668, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
31 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1668, 14th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1668 awm_unit: 14 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1918-05-31
Date unknown: Involvement 29th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
Date unknown: Involvement 14th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Albert Robert Anderson’s parents were Robert Anderson and Harriet Sophia Tylden Chisholm of Tarranginnie near Nhill in Victoria. Sophia was a sister to Robert’s first wife Edith who died at the age of 23. Private Albert Robert Anderson had a half-brother from the first marriage, Lance Corporal William Leslie Anderson who was killed in action on 10 May 1917.

Albert was killed by the first shell during the ‘Allonville disaster’. In the early hours of 31 May 1918, German artillery fired 7 or 8 high velocity, likely 9 inch, shells towards the village of Allonville which is a few miles to the north east of Amiens. Two of the shells hit with devastating effect. The first of these caused the highest number of casualties from a single shell in the whole of the AIF - 69 men of A company, 14th Battalion. 13 men were killed outright and a further 12 died from their wounds (8 within hours of the attack). The second shell caused 17 casualties with at least 4 killed.



29 Battalion

Rank - Private

4 March 1916 taken on strengtj 29 Battalion from 14 Battalion

1 June 1916 proceed to Alexandria on board Haverford

8 June 1916 disembarked Marseilles

15 April 1917 to hospital - cellulitus on the foot

30 September 1917 admitted to hospital - trench feet

14 October 1917 rejoined unit

Medals: British War Medals, Victory Medal

Son of Robert and Sophia Anderson, Nhill, Victoria