Howard George ANDERSON MM

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ANDERSON, Howard George

Service Number: SX4424
Enlisted: 4 June 1940, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Strathalbyn, South Australia, 10 February 1912
Home Town: Bordertown, Tatiara, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer, South Australian Railways
Died: Killed in Action, New Guinea, 29 November 1942, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Grave Reference: B5. F. 27.
Memorials: Adelaide HB09 South Australian Railways - Adelaide Railway Station*, Adelaide WW II Wall of Remembrance*, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

4 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX4424, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Jun 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX4424, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Syria - Operation Exporter
1 Sep 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN SX4424, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Papua New Guinea - Kokoda
22 Nov 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN SX4424, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Buna / Gona / Sanananda "The Battle of the Beachheads" - New Guinea

The Brown and Blue Diamond at War by John Burns

The Brown and Blue Diamond at War by John Burns, Page 114

Private “Happy” Anderson, who was later killed at Gona, displayed great courage and devotion to duty in assisting the wounded – for this action and later gallantry he was awarded the Military Medal.

Awarded the Military Medal

SX. 4424 – Pte. ANDERSON, Howard George - 2/27th Aust. Inf. Bn

APPROVED FOR AWARD OF MILITARY MEDAL (IMMEDIATE).

Pte. Anderson is a member of 8 Platoon ‘A” Coy 2/27 Aust. Inf. Bn.
On 6 September 1942 – 8 pl. formed a standing patrol covering Kagi-Myola track junction in New Guinea with object of ambushing advance elements of Jap forces.
Patrol was attached heavily and forced to withdraw. Pte. Anderson was the last man to leave, remaining under heavy fire coolly destroying rifles and collecting grenades from casualties.

During 7/8 Sept. 1942 ‘A’ Coy holding F.D.L of Bn. Defensive line astride main track was attacked continuously. Pte. Anderson of his own accord delivered ammunition to the Pl. which at times was urgently in need of it. He performed this task with complete disregard of his own safety and under intense fire crossed open ground to the various posts. The successful delivery of this ammunition proved of utmost importance in enabling the platoon to withstand the persistent attacks by the enemy.

Subsequently, when his platoon became detached during the withdrawal to base, Pte. Anderson in the absence of his Platoon Commander and Platoon Sgt. took control of the Platoon and led it back, being responsible for selecting the tracks and finding food in the jungle. His courage and untiring efforts inspired the men to keep going during this arduous 10 day journey.

It is recommended that he be awarded the Military Medal.

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Biography

"Private Casualty Advices

Mr. F. Anderson, of Bordertown has been informed that his eldest son L-Cpl H G. Anderson, 30, was killed in action in New Guinea on November 29. He was employed by the SA Railways before enlistment. He saw service in the Western Desert and in the Syrian campaign before going to New Guinea. While serving in Syria be was awarded a certificate for gallantry and devotion to duty, and   later in New Guinea he was recommended for the Military Medal. Cpl. Anderson's younger brother, Gordon, has been serving in the same campaign." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 19 Dec 1942 (nla.gov.au)

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