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Regimental number701
Place of birthInverell, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressOakwood, Inverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 10"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Anderson, Oakwood, Inverell, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1916
Place of enlistmentInverell, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 702 Pte Ernest ANDERSON, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 4 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 4 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 September 1916; joined 3rd Bn, Belgium, 29 September 1916.

Admitted to 39th Casualty Clearing Station, 7 January 1917 (mumps); transferred to 25th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 10 January 1917 (mumps: slight); to England, 6 February 1917 (bronchitis), and admitted to Trensham Hill Military Hospital, 7 February 1917; discharged on furlough, 2 March 1917, to report to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 17 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1917; taken on strength, 33rd Bn, 17 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 12 October 1917.

Now, 31 October 1917, reported not wounded but 'sick'.

Now, 13 November 1917, reported 'Killed in action, 12 October 1917.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDERSON Andrew

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