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Private ERIC ANDERSON

Service Number: 4347754
Regiment & Unit/Ship

East Yorkshire Regiment

5th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 06 April 1943

Age 27 years old

Buried or commemorated at

SFAX WAR CEMETERY

II. C. 14.

Tunisia

  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Son of George and Mary Ann Anderson, of Fagley, Yorkshire; husband of Irene Anderson, of Fagley.
  • Personal Inscription GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
  • Additional Citation note

    The citation in the London Gazette of 29th July, 1943, gives the following details: On 6th April, 1943, a battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment was attacking a strongly held enemy locality on the Wadi Akarit in Tunisia. One company of the battalion was forced to withdraw in the face of intense and accurate machine-gun and mortar fire, leaving a few wounded in the open. Private Anderson, a stretcher-bearer, carried three wounded men from the bullet-swept slope, and while administering first aid to the fourth man was hit and mortally wounded. By this valour, complete disregard for personal safety and courage under fire, Private Anderson probably saved the lives of three of his comrades. His gallantry was an inspiration to all who witnessed it.

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