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Joseph Ringland ANDERSON

Place of birthLilydale, Victoria
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressKew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Rev T.R. Anderson, 2 Highbury Grove, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceCitizen Forces (5 years)
Enlistment date2 January 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 May 1917
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Orontes on 6 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack west of Bellenglise, north of St. Quentin, on 18th September 1918. During a protracted advance he established his R.A.P. well forward in the open, and continued with cool courage to attend the wounded under heavy shell fire. His efforts saved many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Discharge date27 November 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6456 Pte Nairne Elder ANDERSON, 2nd Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 19 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 May 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 29 July 1917; marched into Australian Army Medical Corps Depot, Parkhouse, 30 July 1917.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 10 August 1917.

Marched out of Australian Army Medical Corps Training Depot, 15 August 1917, and to be Senior Medical Officer, No 1 Command Depot.

Marched out of No 1 Command Depot, 15 September 1917; attached for duty at Australian Engineer Training Depot, Brightlingsea, 18 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 February 1918; taken on strength of No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 3 February 1918.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of No 13 Field Ambulance, 31 March 1918.

Attached to No 12 Field Ambulance, 3 April 1918.

Posted to, and taken on strength of 48th Bn, 16 April 1918.

Awarded Military Cross, 26 November 1918.

Disembarked Folkstone, England, 30 March 1919, and to report to Australian Imperial Forces Headquarters, London.

Granted leave with pay and subsistence in England from 5 April 1919, until 5 July 1919, for study.

Granted extension to leave, 6 July 1919.

Granted further extension to leave, 21 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 3 September 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 20 October 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 27 November 1919.

Total war service: 941 days (of which 895 days were abroad).

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 May 1961
Place of burialCremated: Sprimgvale Crematorium, Melbourne, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDERSON Joseph Ringland

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