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Stuart Russell Anderson

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stuart Russell AWMM
  • Surname
    Anderson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    36103 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 March 1919 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Kiwitahi Rural Delivery, Morrinsville AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. S.B. Anderson, Kiwitahi Rural Delivery, Morrinsville (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    36103 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    26 October 1944 AWMM
    'In the action at LIRI VALLEY, Italy, on the night of 16-17 May 1944 the tank which Trooper Anderson was driving hotly engaged the enemy and in doing so was hit in the right-hand ammunition sponsor by an enemy bazooka shell. There was an explosion and the tank caught fire. The tank commander ordered the crew to evacuate, which they did under fire from a machine gun on the flank and a sniper in front. Notwithstanding this, and the fact that the ammunition might explode at any minute, Trooper Anderson coolly weighed up his chances of success and crawled back into the tank to try to extinguish the flames. Finding the right ammunition compartment ablaze, he climbed into the tank and used all the fire extinguishers without result. By this time the tank, with columns of black smoke pouring from it was plainly visible to the enemy. Trooper Anderson, quite undaunted by the failure of the extinguishers, then climbed out to the back of the tank and after some time was able to control and extinguish the fire with water. He then re-joined his troop with the tank, which was re-manned and able to go into action again. Soon after resuming action, the tank received a direct hit from high explosive on the front of the driver’s compartment and unknown to the tank commander the spare driver collapsed. When the tank commander called for the lap gunner to begin firing, Trooper Anderson without comment leaned over and while still driving pushed the spare driver out of the way and fired the lap gun for some time with good effect. His cool courage, devotion to duty and his initiative in the face of adversity were of the highest order and a splendid example to those fighting in the area.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Anderson, Stuart Russell. (Ref. WO 373/8/312). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private S. R. Anderson; born Dunedin, 3 Mar 1916; grocer's assistant; killed in action 24 Oct 1942. (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p.283.)

    'A supply column for 10 Armoured Division was packed close together near a minefield gap behind the ridge—possibly it was going to refuel the tanks which had not yet gone forward— when a truck near the front was set on fire by a shell or mortar bomb. This attracted enemy aircraft, which came over singly to bomb the vehicles carrying ammunition, petrol and troops. A stick of bombs caught 9 Platoon, which had been ordered forward from 24 Battalion to support the 26th and had dispersed on clear ground. A gun truck was destroyed and Privates Anderson, Kidd, James, and Wood were killed, and Medland and MacMillan mortally wounded. The Vickers and tripod were saved. Two of the platoon's guns joined 8 Platoon in the gap between 26 and 25 Battalions.' (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p. 283.) AWMM
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Death

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Sources

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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 26 October 1944, p.4904.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36764/supplements/4904
      Further Reference
    • 'In the action at LIRI VALLEY, Italy, on the night of 16-17 May 1944 the tank which Trooper Anderson was driving hotly engaged the enemy and in doing so was hit in the right-hand ammunition sponsor by an enemy bazooka shell. There was an explosion and the tank caught fire. The tank commander ordered the crew to evacuate, which they did under fire from a machine gun on the flank and a sniper in front. Notwithstanding this, and the fact that the ammunition might explode at any minute, Trooper Anderson coolly weighed up his chances of success and crawled back into the tank to try to extinguish the flames. Finding the right ammunition compartment ablaze, he climbed into the tank and used all the fire extinguishers without result. By this time the tank, with columns of black smoke pouring from it was plainly visible to the enemy. Trooper Anderson, quite undaunted by the failure of the extinguishers, then climbed out to the back of the tank and after some time was able to control and extinguish the fire with water. He then re-joined his troop with the tank, which was re-manned and able to go into action again. Soon after resuming action, the tank received a direct hit from high explosive on the front of the driver’s compartment and unknown to the tank commander the spare driver collapsed. When the tank commander called for the lap gunner to begin firing, Trooper Anderson without comment leaned over and while still driving pushed the spare driver out of the way and fired the lap gun for some time with good effect. His cool courage, devotion to duty and his initiative in the face of adversity were of the highest order and a splendid example to those fighting in the area.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Anderson, Stuart Russell. (Ref. WO 373/8/312). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7351504
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 14 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.283. AWMM
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
      New Zealand Gazette, 1945 Vol 3, p.157 AWMM
    • Sinclair, D. (1954). 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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