John Austin ANDERSON

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ANDERSON, John Austin

Service Number: 476
Enlisted: 24 July 1915, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Mining Corps
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1882
Home Town: Ballarat, Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: State School No 2103, Urquhart Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Killed in action, France, 1 July 1916
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Plot 1, Row C, Grave 12
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Ballarat Lodge No 114 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

24 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 476, Mining Corps, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
20 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 476, Mining Corps
20 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 476, Mining Corps
20 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 476, Mining Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney
20 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 476, Mining Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney
1 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 476

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Biography

 

1 Mining Corps

Rank - Sergeant/Sapper

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in the Volunteer Cadet Corps, Ballarat, Victoria.

Son of Daniel William and Elizabeth Jane Anderson; Husband of Ethel Maude Anderson, of 312, Ripon Street South, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

One of Ballarat's white-haired boys, John Austin Anderson, who was a sergeant in the A.I.F., has been bowled over for good in France. "Sol" Anderson was a fine specimen of athletic manhood, and at the last Warrnambool Fire Brigades' demonstration was a member of the Champion Four. It is said that "Sol" could sniff smoke three miles to windward of a fire, which accounted for him being early on hand, as a brigade member, at every blaze in Ballarat for years past. Before he left Victoria he said he would try and send his friends some keepsakes from the front — a few Huns' scalps for choice if they would pass the censor.

 

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