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Gerald Gordon ANDERSON

Regimental number3602
Place of birthElliston, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9.75"
Weight200 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Cranston Anderson, Ardrossan, South Australia
Enlistment date18 June 1917
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'At Villers-Bretonneux during the operations on the night of 24/25th April, 1918, this man set a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty. He repeatedly volunteered for dangerous patrol work and his reliability and cheerfulness made him invaluable to his company commander. He volunteered to go forward to find out the position of a hostile machine-gun. He was successful and this information enabled our Lewis gun to beat down the hostile fire.'

FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)

'Near Vendelles on the morning of 13th September, 1918, during an attack on enemy positions without artillery support, this man showed exceptional bravery when his platoon had passed their objective by 1000 yards. The enemy endeavoured to cut the platoon off, inflicting casualties on some of the men. Anderson went back to assist a wounded man in and was himself captured by eight of the enemy. Shooting two of these he managed to escape and reach our own lines. On the night of 13/14th September, 1918, the enemy counter-attacked with considerable strength. The post next to the one that Anderson was in had difficulties owing to N.C.O.s becoming casualties. Seeing the something was wrong, Pte Anderson rushed over to the post, took charge and successfully repulsed the enemy attack on that position. Throughout the operation his determination and devotion to duty was worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 July 1973

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