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Page history last edited by Lenore Frost 5 years ago

Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


A detail from a studio portrait of Lance Cpl James Anderson with

his brother Donald taken in Alexandria circa 1915-1916.

See Donald's record for the full photo.


Anderson J G  Driver 2204    James Grant   10 ASC    30    Driver    Married    Pres        

Address: Moonee Ponds, Bowen St, 51   

Next of Kin: Anderson, Elsie, Mrs, wife, 51 Bowen St, Moonee Ponds    

Enlisted: 11 Sep 1914        

Embarkation: A26 Armadale 20 Oct 1914 


Relatives on Active Service

Anderson-D-C--Pte-507  brother

Anderson G R Pte 2433 brother

Anderson W C Driver 12236 brother


Before the War

In the Middle East, 1914-1916

England 1916

England and France 1917

Letter to Elsie, 1917

England and France 1918

Jim is wounded, 1918

Jim's Wallet

Jim's Paybook

Soldier settler






Jim sent a card to Elsie to wish her Many Happy Returns of the Day.



Jim sent his father-in-law, Robert Dixon a card to wish him a happy birthday.  The front still retains

fragments of the original dried flowers which were included in the embroidered bouquet.


For the sake of those I dearly love

And in the cause of Liberty,

I've left my southern sunny home,

And crossed the wide and trackless sea.


Heaven guard and bless you, dearest one,

Whilst I in foreign lands may roam ;

Though I am absent in the flesh,

My tenderest thoughts are of my home.


Good luck to you whilst I'm away ;

I know the parting cost you pain ;

My earnest prayer from day to day is

God be with you till we meet again.


Jim may have copied this poem from something he saw.  The poem began appearing in various Australian newspapers in 1916, sent home by Australian soldiers.



See also Jim in a group photo on his brother Bill's page, W C Anderson, 12236.


"The lock of Margaret's hair was sent to Jim by his wife Elsie,

he did not meet his daughter until 1919.”


Forward to  Anderson-J-G-Driver-2204-Before-the-war



War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall A-F

St John's Presbyterian Church

Essendon State School

Essendon Grammar School

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours (James G Sgt)              

Regimental Register



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