MajorANDERSON, JOHN THOMSON McKELLAR

Service Number 126502

Died 05/10/1943

Aged 25

8th Bn.
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

V C, D S O

Son of John and Mary Anne McNicol McKellar Anderson; husband of Moira Anderson, of Chessington, Surrey. B.A. Hons. (Cantab.).

Inscription

AS HE TROD THAT DAY TO GOD, SO WALKED HE FROM HIS BIRTH IN SIMPLENESS AND GENTLENESS, IN HONOUR AND CLEAN MIRTH

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 29th June, 1943, gives the following details

During the attack on Longstop Hill, Tunisia, on 23rd April, 1943, Major Anderson, as leading Company Commander, led the assault on the battalion's first objective. Very heavy casualties were incurred, including the Commanding Officer killed and all other Company Commanders killed or wounded. Major Anderson re-organised the battalion, led the assault on the second objective, and, despite a leg wound, captured Longstop Hill with a total force of only four officers and less than forty other ranks. He personally led attacks on at least three enemy machine-gun positions and in every case was the first man in the enemy gun-pits. It is largely due to this officer's bravery and daring that Longstop Hill was captured, and it was the inspiration of his example that encouraged leaderless men to continue the advance.

Buried at SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY

Location: Italy
Number of casualties: 2546

Cemetery/memorial reference: VIII. A. 44.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.