ANDERSON, Cecil Christian
(Service number 80034)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 8 July 1895 Place of Birth Hawke's Bay

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Orari
Occupation Shearer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs A. E. V. ANDERSON (wife), Care of S. Pizzey, Orari, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
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 41st Reinforcements, F Company
Date 27 July 1918
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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

Rail employee


Date 23 May 1973 Age 77 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Cecil Christian Anderson was the younger son of Laurence (Lorens) Christian Anderson, from Norway, and Catherine Neville Anderson née Green. He was born on 8 July 1895 in Hawke’s Bay. He was educated at Hampden School in North Otago and Ongaonga School in Hawke’s Bay. Cecil Christian Anderson married Amy Esther Victoria Pizzey on 27 December 1917 at Geraldine.

Ceil Christian Anderson appealed to the Second South Canterbury Military Service Appeal Board, saying that “he was the last son on the place. He wanted time. He could do till about July4 [1918].” He was allowed till May 26. On 20 May 1918, the Temuka and Geraldine men (42nd Reinforcements) who were leaving for camp, and their relatives, were entertained by the ladies of the Temuka Patriotic Entertainment Committee. A “bountiful and appetising repast” was provided, with musical entertainment during the meal. The men leaving that day “were among the very best men left in New Zealand.” Many of them were married, and they were reassured that their dependents would be looked after. They were asked to “play the man”, and to be straight and honest. In return, they would be well treated and honoured. They were going to fight for the good old flag and for the freedom of the world. They were wished the best of luck and a safe return. “For they are jolly good fellows” and a verse of the National Anthem were sung before the recruits marched to the railway station, where a large crowd had gathered to see them off – C. C. Anderson, Orari, and fourteen others. Draft 211 - the troopship “Briton” - with over a thousand men aboard including Rifleman C. C. Anderson, of Orari, was due at Lyttelton in late January 1919.

Cecil’s older brother, Lawrence George Anderson, also served in World War I. In October 1919, Mr and Mrs C. C. Anderson were invited to the Geraldine Soldiers’ Ball.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 August 2002]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 August 2002]; School Admission records [23 August 2020]; Temuka Leader, 28 February 1918, 21 May 1918, 28 October 1919, Sun, 23 January 1919 (Papers Past) [20 December 2015; 22 & 24 August 2020]

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