Francis Miller (Sonny) ANDERSON


ANDERSON, Francis Miller

Service Number: 4053
Enlisted: 13 December 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 3 July 1896
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Billiard marker/Club steward
Died: Uraemia, Adelaide, South Australia , 22 November 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: West Terrace Cemetery (General)
Road 2, Path 20 W 6
Memorials: Adelaide Scots Church WW 1 Honour Board_2, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

13 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, Keswick, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
10 Oct 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, 27th Infantry Battalion, GSW (right leg)
26 Sep 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 4053, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Son of William ANDERSON and Julia Caroline nee SCHRAEDER

Served in Egypt, France and Belgium

Wounded in action in Belgium 10 October 1916

Amputated Right Leg

Returned to Australia 03 July 1917 per 'Karoola'

Discharged 26 September 1917

Surname: ANDERSON; Given Names: Francis Miller; Date of Birth: 3 July 1896; Date of Enlistment: 13 December 1915; Trade or Calling: Billiard Marker; Birth Location: Adelaide; Address prior to enlistment: 102 Angas St Adelaide; Photograph sent by: Mrs J C Anderson. Source: State Records SA

"ANDERSON.-The FRIENDS of the late Private FRANCIS MILLER (Sonny) ANDERSON, late 27th Battalion, A.I.F. (R.S.), are respectfully informed that his Funeral will leave the residence of his mother (Mrs. J. Anderson), 102, Angas-street, on SATURDAY, at 3.30 p.m., for the West-terrace Cemetery...

G.U.O.O.F., LOYAL PRINCESS ROYAL LODGE, No. 1518.-BRETHREN are hereby notified that the Funeral of our late Bro., FRANCIS M. ANDERSON (Sonny), R.S., late 27th Battalion, A.I.F., will leave his late residence, 102, Angas-street, Adelaide, SATURDAY AFTERNOON, 24th inst., at 3.30 o'clock,.for the West-terrace Cemetery." - from the Adelaide Advertisr 24 Nov1917 (

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Biography contributed by Taisa Kushnir

Francis Miller Anderson was born on the 3rd of July 1896 in Norwood, South Australia to his parents William ANDERSON and Julia Caroline nee SCHRAEDER. Anderson lived on 102 Angas St, Norwood, South Australia. His hometown was Adelaide, South Australia.

Francis Miller Anderson worked as a Billiard Marker/Club Steward when he was first enlisted to the armed services on the 13th of December 1915, at Keswick, South Australia. Anderson was first embarked on the 9th of March from Adelaide ranked as a private and was involved with the 27th Infantry Battalion. He was only 19 years old. Francis Miller Anderson served in Egypt, France and Belgium, though on the 10th of October 1916 in Belgium, he was wounded in action. Anderson had his right leg amputated and returned to Australia on the 3rd of July 1917 to Karoola in Tasmania. He was then discharged on the 26th of September in 1917.

On the date of the 22nd of November in 1917, Francis Miller Anderson passed away from Uraemia - a condition that occurs when the kidneys no longer filter. He passed away in his hometown of Adelaide, South Australia and was aged only 21. Anderson’s grave is in the cemetery of West Terrace Cemetery Road 2, Path 20 W 6, and he is acknowledged in the Adelaide HB02 Scots Church 2 WW 1, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour.