Albert Howard ANDERSON

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ANDERSON, Albert Howard

Service Number: 414
Enlisted: 21 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 1891
Home Town: Boggabri, Narrabri, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Buried in 1915 at Brown's Dip South Cemetery, 500 yards south of ANZAC Cove. His remains were exhumed in 1923 and re-interred in Lone Pine Cemetery.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Boggabri War Memorial, Rozelle Sydney Harbour Trust Officers and Employees Pictorial Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 414, 4th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 414, 4th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 414, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
7 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 414, 4th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

Albert Howard Anderson was a 23 year old labourer when he enlisted on August 21, 1914, just 17 days after the official declaration olf war. The son of John and Elizabeth Anderson of Wee Waa Street, Boggabri, he was drafted into the 4th Infantry Battalion, embarking from Sydney on the troop transport 'Euripides' on October 20 that year.

After spending a few days in hospital in Cairo with laryngitis, Pte Anderson was sent to Gallipoli in May, 1915. He ran into trouble with authorities and was charged with being "grossly insubordinate" to his superior officer and given seven days detention in June 1915.

Seven weeks later, he was killed in action at Lone Pine between August 6 and 9 and was buried by Chaplain McAuliffe at Brown's Dip Cemetery. His remains were exhumed in 1923 and reinterred at Lone Pine Cemetery.

His younger brother, Francis John Anderson enlisted as a 21 year old in late July 1915, being placed in the 4th Battalion before being transferred to the 56th Battalion. He was severely wounded on the Western Front in March 1917. He returned to Australia in September that year and discharged as medically unfit.

Credit: RG McLean

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