ANDERSON, Charles Edwin
(Service number 7/1327)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank|
|Date||28 July 1896||Place of Birth|
|Date||15 June 1915||Age||18|
|Address at Enlistment||287 Tuam St East, Christchurch|
|Occupation||Clerk, NZ Railways|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John J. Anderson (father) St. Andrew’s South Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||6th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||14 August 1915|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Campaigns||Balkans (Gallipoli) 1915, Egyptian 1915-1916, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 1916|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star, British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||24 February 1986||Age||89|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Charles Edwin Anderson was born on 28 July 1896 and like his brothers he was educated at St. Andrews School, near Timaru. He was the tenth child of the thirteen children of John James Anderson and Julia (nee Bishop). Four of their children died in infancy and appallingly two other children died of whooping cough on the same day in 1892. Having lost four children they must have been distressed to see four of their remaining sons go to war. Thankfully the war had ended before the three youngest were old enough to enlist.
When Charles enlisted in June 1915, in the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, he was employed as a clerk with the N.Z. Government Railways in Christchurch. He left New Zealand on the “Tofua” in August 1915 and arrived at Suez on 19th September.
Charles served in Gallipoli and then in Egypt but was dogged by tonsillitis and general ill health. He was invalided out of Gallipoli, recovered and served in Egypt for a short time, where he again became ill with “vomiting, weariness and influenza”. He improved for a time and then contracted paratyphoid A in March 1916. Considered unfit for further service and shipped back to New Zealand on the “Ulimaroa” from Suez on 21 May 1916. Aand so ended his military service.
On resuming civilian life he married Anne Maria Welsh in 1918. They had two sons: John, who had a family of two children; and David, who himself had four children.
For a time Charles was a storekeeper in Sheffield and during his long life he trained trotters.
Charles died on 24th February 1986, aged 89.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (August 2014); SCRoll submission and biography by L Menchi, 25 September 2018
Researched and Written by
Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG; Tony Rippin, South Canterbury Museum (based on biographical work by L Menchi)
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