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Name: Thomas ANDERSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lieutenant Initials: T Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Cleator Moor, Cumberland. Age at Death: 29
Unit: 'E' Troop, 'B' Squadron, 3rd Regiment, South African Horse, 1st Bereden Mounted Brigade.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: 1st December 1915.
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 3 Ivy Avenue, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: 186 Frizington Road, Arlecdon, Cumberland.
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Friday 8th September 1916
Place of Death: East Africa.
Battle/Campaign: East African Campaign
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Holy Cross Church Shrine, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Family memorial commemoration in Ryton Cemetery, Hexham Old Road, Ryton on Tyne, Co Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania. Grave reference VII. B.
Decoration and Medals: 1914-1915 Star, War Medal, Victory Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 23rd September 1916.
Family Details:
Third son of Elizabeth and the late Thomas Anderson of 3 Ivy Avenue, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. (later of 18 Middleton Street, Blyth, Northumberland and Frizington, Cumberland). Thomas's mother was awarded a pension of 60 per annum from 9th September 1916. Thomas's father, Thomas Anderson, died on 19th September 1912, aged 65. John Alexander Anderson, eldest son, died in Randfontein, South Africa, on 17th September 1911, aged 34. Elizabeth Anderson, Thomas's mother, died in Blyth, Northumberland, on 21st December 1923, aged 69. Siblings: Janet M, John Alexander, Stewart, William, George, Jeanie and Maggie.
Notes : Worked as an office boy, aged 14, in 1901. Served as a Sergeant in 1915. Joined 3rd South African Horse, 1st December 1915. Embarked at Durban, South Africa, on SS Professor Woermann, 31st December 1915. Landed at Kilendum, East Africa, 9th January 1916. After the armistice the graves of ten officers and men of the South African Horse who fell in September 1916 were moved to Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty Details state Thomas's nationality as South African.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Debt of Honour Register. Hexham Herald, 23rd September 1916. The Cross of Sacrifice. Officers who died in the Service of British Commonwealth and Colonial Navies, Regiments and Corps and Air Forces 1914-1919.
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