ANDERSON, James Dryburgh
(Service number 53566)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 21 August 1886 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Canterbury Meat Freezing Company, Belfast
Occupation Meat inspector
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Widower
Next of Kin John ANDERSON (father), Scandia Street, Palmerston North
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 29th Reinforcements, Specialists Company, Machine-Gun Section
Date 13 August 1917
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 14 October 1970 Age 84 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Waikumete, Auckland; ashes scattered in soldiers Area of Cemetery
Memorial Reference Soldiers Area
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis William Anderson was the second son of John and Adelaide Mary Nellie (née Dryburgh) Anderson. His early schooling was at Waimataitai School, Timaru, before he sent to Dunedin in 1895. The family later moved to the Palmerston North area. He received his flying training at Canterbury Flying School, Christchurch, and was certified on a Caudron Biplane on 10 August 1918. He was posted to the Royal Flying Corps and commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 12 February 1919. His brothers, James Dryburgh Anderson and John Anderson, served with the New Zealand troops in World War I.


External Links

Related Documents

No documents available. 

Researched and Written by

Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

Currently Assigned to

Not assigned.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Logo. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License unless otherwise stated.

Tell us more

Do you have information that could be added to this story? Or related images that you are happy to share? Submit them here!

Your Details
Veteran Details
- you may attach an image or document up to 10MB