John Everett Anderson

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 2, 1892

Born at Pembroke Ontario to James Watson and Florence (nee Gray) Anderson


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59012 (temporary number 284)

Ø      Next of kin given as Florence Anderson, mother, of Pembroke Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


Jan 16, 1915

Pte Anderson was the goal tender for the “D” Company hockey team that defeated the “H” Company team 5 to 4.  It should be noted that future NHL Hockey Hall of Fame member Frank McGee played for “H” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Aug 18, 1916

While out on a working party, Pte Anderson received a bullet wound to his pelvis, with the bullet lodging in the lower spine.  He was first treated at the Battalion Dressing Station at La Brasserie then transferred to the 4th CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) at Ouderdom, Belgium.  From there he was transferred to the No 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Poperinghe, Belgium.


Aug 19, 1916

Transferred to the No 35 General Hospital at Calais France


Aug 22, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital 

Admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington


Sep 4, 1916

Reported to be seriously ill


Sep 25, 1916

Died of Spinal Meningitis at 1.45 pm at the Orpington Hospital

All Saints Ontario Cemetery
Orpington, Kent, England 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Florence Anderson, at Pembroke Ontario


Below is a photo of the Pembroke Ontario War Memorial


During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte John Anderson's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

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