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David John ANDERSON

Regimental number227
Place of birthToora, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressLane Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Anderson, Lane Street, off Oxide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 4th July, 1918, during the attack in the neighbourhood of HAMEL, Private ANDERSON was a runner attached to an American Platoon in charge of an Australian Officer. On the Platoon Commander becoming a casualty, ANDERSON immediately took charge, and y his foresight and initiative under very trying circumstances was responsible for the Platoon obtaining their objective and completing that part of the mopping up of HAMEL assigned to them. By his gallantry he saved a critical situation, and set an excellent example to his American comrades who were under fire for the first time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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