Private Albert James Anderson

Service number 2683
Birth Date 1900-10-24
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Balmain
Death Date 1917-02-22
Death Place United Kingdom
Also known as Albert James Anderson, Hegarty, James, James Hegarty
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private Albert James Anderson (2683, 48th Battalion) was born in Balmain, NSW, but was working as a labourer in Western Australia when he enlisted as a bugler in December 1915 aged 15 years 2 months. At the request of his mother, Albert was discharged in March 1916 due to his age. However Albert enlisted again in May 1916 using the alias James Hegarty and claiming to be 19 years 2 months. Albert died of bronchitis on 22 February 1917 at the Sutton Veny Military Hospital at the true age of 16 years 4 months. Albert is buried in the Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard, Sutton Veny, United Kingdom.



Date of birth 24 October 1900
Date of enlistment 20 May 1916
Date of death 22 February 1917
Date of fate 22 February 1917