ANDERSON, William Thomas
(Service number 40431)

First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 22 February 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 64 Haven Rd, Nelson
Occupation Railway employee
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs T S Woods (mother), Fairlie
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

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Body on Embarkation
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Embarked From Destination
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Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 20 July 1965 Age
Place of Death Geraldine
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Married Janet Olive SPARROW in 1922. Personal notes supplied by Mrs A P Woods (half-sister) read: "William Anderson returned to Live at Lake Tekapo and Fairlie, but because of being gassed, struggled all his life with asthma, which was the cause of him having to give up studying engineering. He moved to Geraldine in early 1950s and became involved in the Pipe Band and from being in the scouting movement for many many years became head of Scouts Geraldine and familiarly known as 'Scouter Bill'. He died July 1965 and is buried in the RSA Memorial Section, Geraldine Cemetery."


Personal family notes, supplied by Mrs A P Woods with copies of some military service records

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