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David Anderson (Service no. 7/299) was a First World War Soldier with links to New Brighton

David AndersonDavid Anderson was born on 22 May 1888 in Christchurch but educated at Le Bons Bay and spent the greater part of his life in the Peninsula's  bays. His father, Peter Anderson, lived at Little River.  David was Roman Catholic. He worked as a Bushman and played with the Okain's Bay Rugby Football Club. He had tattoos: a star between the thumb and first finger, clasped hand above wrist and a woman on the right forearm. David's last address in New Zealand was given as New Brighton.

David signed up on 14 August 1914 and joined the 1st (Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry) Squadron of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment. He embarked on 15 October 1914 and disembarked in Alexandria on 3 December 1914. From 1 till 4 January 1915 he was in Zeitoun Camp hospital with influenza.

David was probably killed in action on 21 August 1915 aged 25. His death date is generally given as 25 August 1915 but he was originally reported as wounded on 21 August and this was updated to killed in action on 25 August. David was most likely to have been killed in the first attack on Hill 60 on 21 August. His death was mentioned in letters published by the Akaora Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser where he was said to have been shot dead.

David's father had died and his mother lived at 206 Antigua Street. His executor was William Mould (stated as his Brother-in-Law on his military record) from Okains Bay. David intended to live at Akaroa if he returned.

David was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Meal and the Victory Medal.

David Anderson is commemorated on the Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial in Gallipoli. His name is recorded on the Akaroa War Memorial.

After David's death his sister and brother-in-law A and H Woodill published an In Memoriam notice in the Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser from 1916 till 1922 with a little poem expressing their love.

 


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David Anderson


First Names:David
Last Name:Anderson
Place of Birth:Christchurch