John Alfred ANDERSON

Regimental number2880
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 8"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Albert James Pitcher, John Bull Hotel, Currie Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
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Photo: Peter Dennis
Discharge date13 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to Government Hospital, Suez, 14 May 1916 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); transferred to 1st Ausdtralian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 15 May 1916; discharged to 5th Division Depot, Tel el Kebir, 16 July 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 62 days.

Embarked Alexandria for England, 2 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France (date not recorded); taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 30 September 1916.

Found guilty, 4 December 1916, of being absent without leave from 6 pm, 29 November, till 12 noon, 30 November 1916: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Admitted to Anzac Corps Rest Station, 8 December 1916 (septic right toe); transferred to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 December 1916; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 29 December 1916; to England, and admitted to County of London War Hospital, Napsbury, 1 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 2 February 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 19 February 1917.

Marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 21 February 1917.

Transferred to 1st Pioneer Bn, 19 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, in the field, 26 September 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian field Ambulance, 28 November 1917 (orchitis), and transferred same day to 5th Division Rest Station; discharged to duty, 12 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 12 December 1917.

Admitted to 5th Division Rest Station, 23 December 1917 (gastro-enteritis); rejoined Bn, in the field, 31 December 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 May 1918 (scalded left foot), and transferred same day to 6th Casualty Clearing Station; to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 27 May 1918; to England, 28 May 1918, and admitted same day to Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 June 1918; marched in to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 7 June 1918.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, 8 June 1918 (scalded foot); marched in to No 3 Command Depot, 22 June 1918 .

Transferred to Machine Gun Details, Longbridge Deverill, 20 September 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 November 1918; taken on strength, 4th Machine Gun Bn, 5 December 1918.

Marched out to England, 8 April 1919.

Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 17 April 1919 (haemorrhoids); discharged on leave, 11 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Napier', 12 May 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 29 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 13 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 June 1924
Age at death47
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (6 East 3), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDERSON John Alfred