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Full Name
William Anderson
Rank Last Held
Trooper
Forename(s)
William
Surname
Anderson
War
South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.
720
First Known Rank
Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment
Farmer
Next of Kin
Annie Anderson, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Enlistment Address
Feilding, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
3rd Contingent
Embarkation Unit
3rd New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 6 Company
Embarkation Date
17 February 1900
Place of Embarkation
Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Vessel
Knight Templar
Destination
South Africa
Military Awards
Queen's South Africa Medal (Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Cape Colony, Orange Free State clasps)
Last Unit Served
3rd Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Place of Death
Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Date of Death
21 June 1900
Year of Death
1900
Cause of Death
Died of disease
Cemetery Name
Pretoria Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa
Memorial Name
  • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902
Biographical Notes
Trooper Anderson died of enteric fever at Pretoria. He was buried in Pretoria Cemetery where his grave was registered and marked with an iron cross and engraved brass plate by members of the 3rd Contingent.
Description of Image
  • Portrait
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, commemoration panel (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902, Name panel A: A'Court, S.C. - Arkell, C.A. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902 Dedication panel. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
Additional Information
  • Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure.
  • At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease.
Further References
Sources Used
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com | Auckland Museum