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David Samuel ANDERSON

Regimental number2560
Place of birthBergalia, New South Wales
AddressRathlea, Alison Road, Randwick, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10"
Weight178 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs K R Anderson, Alison Road, Randwick, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Scottish Rifles, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date29 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No 16), Fromelles, France
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Originally listed as 'No known grave'; remains identified in the German mass grave at Fromelles in 2014. Parents: Joseph and Kissock ANDERSON, 21 Holt Avenue, Mosman, New South Wales. Native of Bergalia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn and reverted to the rank of Private, Gallipoli, 4 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Lance Corporal, Tel el Kebir, 23 January 1916.

Transferred to 54th Bn, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 1 March 1916; Lance Sergeant, Canal Zone, 1 May 1916; Sergeant, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1916, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 80806, 4503 Pte G.A. GUTHRIE, 54th Bn (patient,1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, England), [?] December 1916: 'I knew Anderson, he was killed in a charge on the Fromelles La Bassee front on July 19th at 7.30 p.m. I was with him and saw him killed, he was not buried as we had to retire the next morning.'

Second statement, 3026 Sergeant C. CLARK, C Company, 54th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, Kent, England), 19 June 1919: 'He went into action on 19.7.16 about 6 p.m. The last that was seen of Anderon, was when going over No Man's Land on the evening of 19.7.16. The firing was terrific this day, and although every effort was made to find Anderson, without success, and it is presumed he was blown to pieces.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDERSON David Samuel
Red Cross file 80806

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