Andrew Peter ANDERSON MID

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ANDERSON, Andrew Peter

Service Number: 4900
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Pyrmont, New South Wales, 10 June 1895
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draughtsman
Died: Killed in action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 9 April 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Communal Cemetery
This is the village cemetery in the Rue de Perron. There are several CWC Graves here including a plot of 4 graves, one of which is Andrew's. Reference: B.1
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4900, 1st Infantry Battalion
8 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4900, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Sydney
9 Apr 1918: Involvement Corporal, SN 4900, 53rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Andrew enlisted on 17/9/1915 at Holsworthy Barracks, NSW. He was subsequently posted to the 53rd Bn and served as a signaller. On 12th October 1916 Brig.General C.J.Hobkirk Commander of the 14th Infantry Brigade sent the following recommendation."During the whole time the 53rd Bn has been at the front in France (since early July 1916) this NCO has very frequently been laying telephone lines and repairing broken and damaged lines, both day and night, often under very heavy fire. He has always shown the greatest readiness to go on any, and every dangerous duty and has set the best example at all times. During the action near Fromelles on the 19/20th 1916 after communication by telephone between the german and our lines had had to be abandoned he did great work in carrying bombs, filling machine gun magazines and tending wounded in the german lines.His actions on the 19/20th July have only recently come to the knowledge of his Commanding Officer otherwise he would have been recommended for immediate reward."

He was Mentioned in Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig on 13/11/1916 for distinguished and galant services and devotion to duty in the field.

Andrew was killed in action on 9/4/1918.

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