Percy ANDERSON #6704

Indigenous Australian, Percy Anderson, 9th Infantry Battalion

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

At just 15 years old, Percy stated he was 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 for the 9th Infantry Battalion. He embarked for England in October on board HMAT Marathon and within a month of his arrival in England, was admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, first with influenza, then mumps.

Percy 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 again returned to his unit in Belgium in June 1918, where he remained until returning home in September 1919 at the end of the war.

Percy Anderson lived in Roma for many years, and married Maisie Fernando; he later enlisted in the Second World War in 1941.

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