Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Honored Allies Wednesday: Charles Groves Wright Anderson (South Africa/Australia)

"During the operations in Malaya from the 18th to 22nd January, 1942, Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson, in command of a small Force, was sent to restore a vital position and to assist a Brigade.  His Force destroyed ten enemy tanks.  When later cut off, he defeated persistent attacks on his position from air and ground forces, and forced his way through the enemy lines to a depth of fifteen miles.   He was again surrounded and subjected to very heavy and frequent attacks resulting in severe casualties to his Force.   He personally led an attack with great gallantry on the enemy who were holding a bridge, and succeeded in destroying four guns.   Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson, throughout all this fighting, protected his wounded and refused to leave them.  He obtained news by wireless of the enemy position and attempted to fight his way back through eight miles of enemy occupied country.  This proved to be impossible and the enemy were holding too strong a position for any attempt to be made to relieve him.  On the 19th January, Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson was ordered to destroy his equipment and make his way back as best he could round the enemy position.  Throughout the fighting, which lasted for four days, he set a magnificent example of brave leadership, determination and outstanding courage.   He not only showed fighting qualities of a very high order but throughout exposed himself to danger without any regard to his own personal safety."

From  Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Groves Wright Anderson's Victorian Cross citation, awarded on February 13, 1942.

A true credit to those who fought against the Empire of Japan!

1 comment:

  1. Great to see a fellow Aussie up in lights - the Malaya campaign was a tough time for the Imperial forces