Charles Rode ANDERSON

ANDERSON, Charles Rode

Service Number: 3232
Enlisted: 9 July 1915, Melbourne
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, March 1885
Home Town: Albert Park, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engine Driver - later Health Inspector
Died: Natural causes, Hiedelberg, Victoria, Australia, 1962
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

9 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3232, 7th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3232, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3232, 7th Infantry Battalion
22 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3232, 7th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Shell shock
3 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, Stayed on duty
30 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion
4 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, GSW right hip
25 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", Gassed
23 Jun 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion, HT Orita, England for return to Australia - disembarking Melbourne 6 August 1919
29 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 7th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

A Fine Record of Service - South Melbourne City Inspector (Mr. Charles Robe Anderson) will commence long service leave on January 14, 1949, preparatory to his retirement from the service of the Council on March 1, 1950. 

Mr. Anderson commenced duty with the Council as a member of the outdoor staff in November, 1910. He was employed as a roller driver for five years.

He married Lily Mary Ann Johnston in 1912. They had a daughter who died in infancy and a son, born in 1915.

Enlisting as a Private with the 7th Battalion AIF in July 1915 he embarked at Melbourne for the front three months later. He was elevated to Second Lieutenant in March 1917 and promoted to Lieutenant the following September. 

In his last actions of the war, during August 1918 near Peronne, France he was most prominent in several assaults on the enemy lines, leading to the success of his company. In the his final operation, on 23 August 1918 at Proyart he distinguished himself in the gallant manner in which he lead his men until badly gassed.

Wounded four times during his  service with the AIF he returned to Australia in September 1919. 

Resuming municipal duty, he was appointed part-time Assistant Inspector and Bathing Inspector. He subsequently occupied the positions of Assistant Market Collector and Assistant Health Inspector, being appointed City Inspector in September, 1943. In his off-work periods, Mr. Anderson has for many years been head trainer for Carlton Football Club.

Lieutenant Charles Rode Anderson died at Hiedelburg, Victoria in 1952.

Reference: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162549048

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