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Lt Col Charles Groves Wright Anderson
Australian Army, 25th Infantry Battalion

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Born in Newlands, South Africa.

Wartime History
Anderson served with the British Army during the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross. Afterwards, he moved to Australia and served with the AIF during the Second World War.

 

Victoria Cross Citation
Victoria Cross
"During the operations in Malaya from the 18th to 22nd January, 1942, Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson, in command of a small Force, was sent to restore a vital position and to assist a Brigade. His Force destroyed ten enemy tanks. When later cut off, he defeated persistent attacks on his position from air and ground forces, and forced his way through the enemy lines to a depth of fifteen miles. He was again surrounded and subjected to very heavy and frequent attacks resulting in severe casualties to his Force. He personally led an attack with great gallantry on the enemy who were holding a bridge, and succeeded in destroying four guns. Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson, throughout all this fighting, protected his wounded and refused to leave them.

He obtained news by wireless of the enemy position and attempted to fight his way back through eight miles of enemy occupied country. This proved to be impossible and the enemy were holding too strong a position for any attempt to be made to relieve him.

On the 19th January Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson was ordered to destroy his equipment and make his way back as best he could round the enemy position.

Throughout the fighting, which lasted for four days, he set a magnificent example of brave leadership, determination and outstanding courage. He not only showed fighting qualities of a very high order but throughout exposed himself to danger without any regard to his own personal safety."

References
WW2 Nominal Roll - Lt. Col. Charles Groves Wright Anderson
The London Gazette - 13 February 1942
The Edinburgh Gazette - 11 February 1919

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