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Born in Horsham, Victoria and a Labourer by trade, Thomas Anderson was 28 years and single when enlisted on the 4th of January 1915 from Melbourne, Victoria in the 8th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 1703. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 'Wiltshire' on the 14th of April 1915 with the rank of Lieutenant from Nominal Roll and is enlisted as returned to Australia on the 23rd of September 1919. Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With two men he attacked and captured a 'pill box' which was inflicting casualties on the advancing troops. He penetrated our barrage, rushed the position, and killed and captured the garrison in spite of strong resistance, and captured the machine gun. He showed splendid courage and initiative.' (Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110, Date: 25 July 1918). Military Cross: 'For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership during the attack north of Rosiers on the 9th of August 1918. On 11th August, during the attack on Lihons, he again led a company brilliantly to its objective, and then skilfully formed a defensive flank, beating off a strong counter attack. He rendered valuable service.' (Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67, Date: 3 June 1919). Promotions endorsed include appointment as Lieutenant on the 1st of January 1920. Lieutenant T. Anderson was reported returning to Australia per H.T. 'Acanius' on the 6th of November 1919 in Melbourne. Tree No: 1350