John ANDERSON

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ANDERSON, John

Service Number: 3603
Enlisted: 19 January 1917, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Edinburgh, Scotland, 10 April 1868
Home Town: Renmark, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 25 April 1918, aged 50 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Memorials: Adelaide M04d The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide South Australia Australia
4 Aug 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Themistocles (A32)
4 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3603, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3603, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Moved to Renmark with Sister Mrs Clara Miller.

Married Isabella Anderson under care of Mrs Clara Miller (sister.) Had three children: 1 – William Lowden Anderson, 2 – Margaret Anderson and 3 – Lilian Anderson.

Enlisted but declined due to teeth on 4th October 1916. Enlisted again 19th January 1917.

Embarked 10th reinforcements  - 50th Battalion on 4th August 1917 at Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles (A32.)

Disembarked on 2nd October 1917 at Glasgow. Marched into 13th Training Battalion on 3rd October 1917 at Codford.

Proceeded to France 23rd January 1918. Joined 50th Battalion in the field on 26th January 1918.

Killed in Action 25th April (ANZAC Day) 1918 near Villers-Bretonneux during the counterattack which re-captured the town from the Germans and halted their advance on Amiens.

His body was recovered and buried at Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, but later lost,

He was thus provided a special memorial.  His headstone and several others  records the fact that he was 50 years of age at the time of his death.

His wife, Isabella Anderson died 1919 – 1920.

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