Lewis Richard Wallace (Louie) ANDERSON


ANDERSON, Lewis Richard Wallace

Service Number: 5970
Enlisted: 2 March 1916, Auburn, Sydney
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Aberdeen, Scotland, 2 February 1891
Home Town: Auburn, Auburn, New South Wales
Schooling: Hanover Street School, Aberdeen
Occupation: Seaman, Fitters mate
Died: Killed in action, France, 4 February 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5970, 13th Infantry Battalion, Auburn, Sydney
22 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5970, 13th Infantry Battalion
22 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5970, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Sydney
4 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5970, 13th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Lewis Richard Wallace ANDERSON was born on 2nd February, 1891 in Aberdeen, Scotland

His parents were Richard & Margaret ANDERSON

Lewis arrived in Sydney on 9th January, 1912 on the ship Chiltonford

Before enlisting for WW1 he worked at Meggitts store in Parramatta & lived in the nearby suburb of Auburn, Sydney.  His Mother Margaret was living at 27 Urqhuart Road, Aberdeen at the time.

He enlisted at Auburn NSW on 2nd March, 1916 - he was with the 13th Infantry Battalion, 19th reinforcements which embarked from Sydney on 22nd August, 1916 on the HMAT Wiltshire

Lewis was Killed in Action on 4th February, 1917 in Gueudecourt , France and has no known grave

His name is memorialised on the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France and the Australian War Memorial

He was awarded the British War Medal

Lewis is mentioned in a letter that Private Charlie V Carr sent to his Mother on 12th February, 1917

"Just a few lines to let you know how I am getting on.  We have just left the trenches after some of the hardest fighting in the history of this battalion and I am sorry to say that we lost two Parramatta boys in the fight and they were two of the gamest that I have ever seen.  The other lad was one of Meggitts employees.  I mentioned his name in one of my last letter, Louie Anderson.  He is fairly well known in Parramatta and was a very nice lad.  Some of the lads in his company told me that he was one of the first that went out in his company."

                            Rest in Peace