- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Temporary Captain
- 8th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 36th Infantry Brigade, 78th Infantry Division, British Army
- Awarded on:
- May 18th, 1943
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa."
"In command of 'Y' Company on 3 March 1943 at MUNTS GAP this officer led his company with great skill and determination and forces the Germans back to the reverse slope, pressing them closely in the rocks and cliffs to within 100 yards. The Company was unable to dislodge the enemy who were above them but held them and prevented them from threatening the flank of 'X' Company on the lower feature to their right.
Capt. Anderson led his men personally and appeared to them to bear a charmed life. He walked calmly amongst heavy enemy M.G. and mortar fire. One mortar bomb burst beside him and killed or wounded those immediately next to him.
During the fighting he took command of a section and personally led it to outflank the enemy position. He took over the Bren gun of this Section and effectively dealt with an enemy M.G. post in face of rifle and M.G. fire.
He recovered a L.M.G. dropped by the No. 1 who was wounded and restored it to be the section Commander fire, encouraging the men and dirseting/directing their further efforts. With Lieut. Fraser he crawled forward under enemy fire to rescue No. 2988920 Pte. B. Campbell who was lying in the open badly wounded. They pulled him into safety over rocky ground, a feat calling fro great exertion and patience under constant fire.
After dark he went forward with No 3065166 Cpl. Moody H. to recover wounded men close to the enemy positions. They recovered 7 men and also brought in 1 L.M.G., 1 T.S.M.G. and a 2" Mortar."
Certified True Statement by CSN. A.B. McIntosh Royal Montreal Regt (M.G.) Canadian Forces attached 8 A. & S.H:
"At MUNTS CAP on 3 March 1943 I was acting CSM of 'Y' Company 8 A. & S.H. with Captain J.T.M. Anderson. I never saw a man with such courage. He seemed to bear a charmed life and went about as cool as cucumber under M.G. fire and Mortar fire. I saw one mortar bomb burst almost at his feet and kill or wound the men next to him, but he came walking out of the smoke, just scratching his leg and walked on. He was an inspiration to everyone."
Certified true statement 21/3/43 (signature) Lt. Col. 8 A & S.H.