John Shaw ANDERSON

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ANDERSON, John Shaw

Service Number: 1504
Enlisted: 12 January 1915, Helena Vale, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Fremantle, Western Australia, March 1896
Home Town: Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Perth Modern School
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 1 August 1915
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 62
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Perth Modern School War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

12 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1504, Helena Vale, Western Australia
22 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1504, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1504, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Fremantle
7 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1504, 11th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
1 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1504, 11th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'To the right is a studio portrait of 1462 Private (Pte) Marshall Trigellis Fox, 11th Battalion of Subacio, WA (on the left) and 1504 Pte (later Lance Corporal) John Shaw Anderson, 11th Battalion of Fremantle, WA (right). Pte Fox and Pte Anderson were friends and prefects of the Perth Modern School before they enlisted in January 1915. Fox had qualified for admission to university, and Anderson had qualified to study as an accountant. Although they enlisted seperately and were in separate reinforcement groups, the pair met up and left Australia for Egypt on the same troop transport in February 1915.

According to the Perth Modern School newspaper 'The Sphinx', Fox's departure was premature, owing to the serious illness of one of the other men: "His departure was so sudden that he was unable to come up to the school to say good-bye. 'I don't want you to think that I am one of those fellows', he wrote to the Head Master, 'who get all they can from the school and then let it pass away completely out of their mind". Arriving on Gallipoli in May 1915, both Fox and Anderson were killed during the 11th Battalion's attack on Tasmania Post on 1 August 1915. According to the school newspaper "It was later still that we heard that the two friends had died together, the one succouring the other as he fell".

Later correspondence received by the school from a member of the 11th Battalion which read: "I feel particularly sorry for two boys who had just left the Modern School who I am sure, had great careers before them...They died side by side, the second one while looking at the first one's wounds. All who know say the same as I do, that they feel sorrier over their loss than anybody else's". Both Anderson and Fox were aged 19.' from Australian War Memorial Photograph Collection (www.awm.gov.au)

"MY PAL."

Respectfully dedicated to my dear friend John S. Anderson, killed in action, August 1, 1915.

When you hear them speak of heroes
and the gallant deeds they've done,
When they tell of all the glory on the
field of battle won,
Does it bring to you the memory of
one true Australian son?
My Pal!

When you think of how he gave his
life, and, dying, knew no fear,
Just to save a wounded comrade; does
it bring a silent tear
When you think of duty nobly done
by one you all loved dear.
My Pal!

Will you think of him each morning?
Will you keep his vacant chair?
When you kneel beside your bedside,
Will you a give a little prayer
For him? That God will bless his
soul. A lad who did his share.
My Pal!

CHAS. NORMINGTON.
Boulder.' from The Evening Star 19 Jun 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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