military_cross_two_barsRecord of Service

  • Appointed to a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on 2/3/1915 with the 14th (County of London Battery), Royal Field Artillery (T.F.)
  • Embarked for France on 11/8/1915
  • Promoted to Lieutenant on 1/6/1916
  • Appointed Acting Captain on 1/9/1917
  • Invested with the Military Cross and both Bars, all together on 12/12/1917
  • Appointed Acting Major on 26/3/1918

WW1 Medal Entitlement

1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Military Cross and 2 Bars:

  • Military Cross Citation published in Gazette issue 30251 (24 August 1917)
  • 1st Bar listed (no Citation) in Gazette issue 30340 (16th October 1917)
  • 1st Bar Citation published in Gazette issue 30561 (5th March 1918)
  • 2nd Bar listed (no Citation) in Gazette issue 30389 (16th November 1917)
  • 2nd Bar Citation published in Gazette issue 30590 (19th March 1918)

1st Bar Citation - 5th March 1918

Lt. William Anderson, M. C., R.F.A.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion duty. When his battery position was being heavily shelled, a dug-out containing two N.C.O.s and four other ranks was blow in and two men were killed. Lieutenant Anderson did brilliant work in digging out the survivors and undoubtedly saved their lives. Subsequently he took them to the dressing station under fire, and throughout the operation he displayed admirable and utter disregard of personal danger.

2nd Bar Citation -19th March 1918

Lt. (A./Capt.) William Anderson, M.C, R.F.A.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He kept his battery in action under very heavy enemy shell fire, going calmly from one gun pit to another, encouraging his men. Three gun pits caught fire, and orders were issued to clear the position. He gave the order to each pit personally, and revisited each pit under intense fire to ensure that all had got away. Later, he again visited each pit and helped the wounded away. He set a magnificent example of courage and leadership.

 

Editor's Note:

for-conspicuous-gallantry-mc-bar-winners-great-war-cover-shadowThis series of articles is a series from Scott Addington's book: For Conspicuous Gallantry ... Winners of the Military Cross and Bar during the Great War.

The WFA Web Editor is very grateful to Scott for allowing his research to be used in this way to pay tribute to these brave men.

We would welcome photographs or any other visual or written records with which to embellish the record of the achievements of the men featured here. Please contact the WFA Web Editor if you can help.

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