Robert Hutchison ANDERSON

ANDERSON, Robert Hutchison

Service Number: 5533
Enlisted: 29 April 1916, Cairns, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kingsborough, Queensland, Australia, 7 March 1883
Home Town: Wolfram, Tablelands, Queensland
Schooling: Ravenswood State School, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Pneumonia and influenza, Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, United Kingdom, 1 December 1918, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Grave Number 348, Section C, Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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29 Apr 1916: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, 5533, 26th Infantry Battalion, Cairns, Queensland
7 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 5533, 26th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Clan McGillivray embarkation_ship_number: A46 public_note: ''
7 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 5533, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Clan McGillivray, Brisbane

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Robert Hutchison ANDERSON was born in Kingsborough, Queensland on 7th March, 1883

His parents were Robert Hutchison ANDERSON & Christina MARTIN

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 1st December…… Private Robert Hutchison Anderson was born in 1883 at Kingsborough, Queensland. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 29th April, 1916 as a 33 year old, single, Labourer from Wolfram, North Queensland.

Private Robert Anderson embarked from Brisbane, Queensland on HMAT Clan McGillivray (A46) on 7th September, 1916 with the 7th Infantry Brigade, 26th Infantry Battalion, 15th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 2nd November, 1916.

He was posted to 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone, Wiltshire, England on 21st November, 1916.
On 13th December, 1916 Private Robert Anderson proceeded overseas to France on S.S. Victoria. He was marched in to 2nd Divisional Base at Etaples, France on 14th December, 1916 from England. Private Anderson proceeded to join his Unit on 17th December, 1916 & was taken on strength of 26th Battalion in France on 19th December, 1916 from Reinforcements.

He was written up on 4th January, 1917 at Bussy Les Daours, France for neglecting to obey an order. He was awarded 24 hours Field Punishment No. 2 by C. O. 2nd Australian Divisional Training Depot.

Private Robert Anderson was admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance on 22nd March, 1917 with Influenza then transferred & admitted the same day to 2nd D.R.S. (Divisional Rest Station). He was discharged to duty on 5th April, 1917 & rejoined 26th Battalion in France on 6th April, 1917.

On 2nd December Private Anderson proceeded on “English Leave” from Belgium & rejoined his Battalion from Leave on 26th December, 1917.

Private Robert Anderson was wounded in action in France on 16th April, 1918 (Casualty Form – Active Service recorded “3rd Occ.” (3rd occasion) but there is no other record of him being wounded). He was admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance on 17th April, 1918 with shrapnel wounds to back. Private Anderson was transferred & admitted to 20th Casualty Clearing Station on 17th April, 1918 then transferred to Abbeville on 18th April, 1918 where he was admitted to 1st SA General Hospital at Abbeville, France the same day with GSW (gunshot wound/s) to back. Private Anderson was invalided to England on Hospital Ship St. Andrew on 2nd May, 1918.

He was admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich, England on 3rd May, 1918. He was transferred 3rd Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, Kent on 28th October, 1918. Private Anderson was discharged to furlo from 31st October, 1918 until 14th November, 1918.

Private Robert Anderson was marched in to No. 1 Command Depot at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire on 15th November, 1918 from furlo. The report from No. 1 Command Depot stated – “S.W. Back leg – Dartford. Complains back feels weak. Cannot bend. Heart & lungs clear. Headache.” Private Anderson was medically classified as B1 A1 (fit for light duty only – 4 weeks).

On 16th November, 1918 Private Robert Anderson was admitted to Military Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire with Influenza & was later reported to be seriously ill with Influenza & Pneumonia.

Private Robert Hutchison Anderson died at 09.00 hours on 1st December, 1918 at Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England from Influenza & Pneumonia.

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)