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John Nesbit Anderson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Nesbit AWMM
  • Surname
    Anderson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    34755 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 April 1894 AWMM OkaihauNorth Auckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C.F. Anderson (wife), Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944. Citation: "It was in great measure due to the personal example and inspiring leadership of Major Anderson that the protective minefield was laid before the enemy attack reached the F.D.L.s at Minqar Qaim on 27 July 1942. Despite the intensity of the enemy shelling of his parties and the development of the attack, Major Anderson was to be seen, encouraging his men, and he himself, fusing mines. One truckload of mines had already been exploded by enemy fire, causing many casualties and Major Anderson and his men well knew the risk involved. When mines had to be laid adjacent to a burning ammunition truck, he himself, displaying a total disregard of personal safety, carried mines to the area. Just as this was being completed, he moved a wounded man to safety, and still under particularly heavy and accurate shell fire continued to direct the work to completion." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Captain of 19 Army Troop Co, NZE, 1940-41.

    Officer Commanding (OC) of 5 Field Park Co, NZE, September 1941 - October 1942.

    OC 6 Field Co, NZE, October 1942 - August 1943.

    Commander Royal Engineers (CRE) of 2 NZ Division, April 1944.

    OC of Engineer Training Depot, Maadi, January 1945. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    19 July 1968 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
    Te AwamutuWaikato AWMM
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  • Age at death
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  • Obituary
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