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Frances Anderson

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Grave, Heliopolis War Cemetery, 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Grave, Heliopolis War Cemetery, 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frances AWMM
  • Surname
    Anderson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    71959 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 June 1918 WWII WAAC Roll
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 6 Wills Street, Abbotsford, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A.M.S. Anderson (mother), 6 Wills Street, Abbotsford, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    71959 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of typhoid AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Frances Anderson was the daughter of William John Anderson and Alice Margaret Stewart Anderson (nee Lindsay) of Wanaka, Otago. Her sister Lucy (service number 71960) served in the same hospital in Egypt during the war.

    She was the first New Zealand woman to die overseas in WW2.

    Her funeral 'was the most sad and impressive thing that we have ever seen. She was the first member of this hospital to have died and has been over here two years..... There was a service here at 4 and nearly the entire hospital went, just a skelton staff working and all the up patients going too and girls came over from Helwan and Miss Nutsey. Then we were all out into ambulances and trucks and cars and the coffin in an ambulance and went to Heliopolis Military Cemetery. This is right on the edge of the desert and is so bare and blank with rows of little graves just cemented out of the brown sand itself with little wooden crosses. We all slowly marched to the grave we girls alongside the coffin and then all the sisters and officers and ranks following. There was a short service, then the three volleys fired, the Last Post, the flag removed and most gorgeous flowers placed over her hat on the coffin. It was all terribly sad and we are so sorry for Lucy and above all her parents who must be frantic.' From the letters of Stephanie Vanoosten (nee Lee) who served in the same hospital. Copies of these letters are held in the Museum Library. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    19 April 1942 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    HeliopolisCairo AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Heliopolis War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM Plot 1 Row G Grave 19 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2208504
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 6 (Embarkations from 1st October, 1941 to 31st December, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 6: WW2 3 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 6 (Embarkations from 1st October, 1941 to 31st December, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.3 AWMM

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