Percy ANDERSON #6704

Percy ANDERSON

Indigenous Australian, Private Percy Anderson, 9th Infantry Battalion, 22nd Reinforcements.

Percy Anderson was born in Stanthorpe in 1900, his parents were Percy Herbert and Annie Anderson (nee McGore) who resided in Stanthorpe, later Roma.

At just 15 years old, Percy stated he over 21 years and working as a miner, when he enlisted in March 1916 at Chermside. He trained at Lytton Camp (Brisbane) for five months before being allotted to the 22nd Reinforcements of the 9th Infantry Battalion.

He embarked for England in October and within a month of his arrival in England, was admitted to the Fargo Military Hospital, first with influenza, then mumps.

He joined his Battalion in Belgium in October 1917 and was later wounded in action, gassed during a bombardment in Hollebeck in March 1918. Percy was evacuated to England and spent three months in Shorncliffe Military Hospital recuperating. He returned to his unit in Belgium, before returning home in September 1919.

Percy Anderson lived in Roma for many years, where he married Maisie Fernando; he later enlisted in the Second World War.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump  |  QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland