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John Thomas ANDERSON

Regimental number3006
Place of birthLongwood, Victoria
SchoolMt Magnet Public School, Western Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressDivision Street, Welshpool, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Helena Anderson, Division Street, Welshpool, Western Australia
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentProvisional SGT
Unit name28th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 18 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollProvisional Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was a noble son and very industrious, gave up all of his earnings to his mother, he being chief support of his mother & four younger brothers, & his death came as a painful shock. He was our hero.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 29 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, France
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
112
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Helena ANDERSON, Welshpool, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3003 Sergeant Hartley Mounsie Macheren ANDERSON, Australian Army Postal Corps, effective abroad (satill overseas); 3755 Sergeant William Henry ANDERSON, 51st Bn, returned to Australia, 10 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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