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Anderson, William James

Date of birth:
September 21st, 1922 (Smith Falls/Ontario, Canada)
Date of death:
March 30th, 1945 (Zelhem, The Netherlands)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Municipal Cemetery Zelhem
Plot: E. Row: 2. Grave: 14.
Service number:
J/16562
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

William was born on September 21 1922 in Smith Falls Ontario, the son of William Gilmour Anderson and Annie Euphie Anderson nee Ross of Woodlawn Ontario. They were married on September 14 1910 in Smith Falls. His brothers were Gilmour Ross (also in the army) and Hugh Haig Anderson and his sisters were Ethel Beatrice Strong (married), Margaret Elinor and Marion Elaine Anderson.

He was an office boy at the Dominion civil service and member of the United Church. His sports were track, hockey, softball, rugby and football and his hobbies were reading air adventures, building model aircraft and interest in aeroplanes.

He enlisted on January 22 1941 in Ottawa and he went on November 12 1941 from Canada overseas to the UK. He went on April 12 1943 thereafter from Liverpool UK overseas to North Africa and he went on September 27 1943 then from the island of Malta overseas to the UK. He went on August 11 1944 then back to Canada for a special leave and he returned on October 13 1944 from Canada to the UK again.

William was killed in action on Friday March 30 1945 age 22 due to a crash at the Nijemansdijk near Zelhem and he was hit then by a 20 mm Flak over Zelhem.

On his headstone: "BE YE ALSO READY: FOR IN SUCH AN HOUR AS YE THINK NOT THE SON OF MAN COMETH"

He served with the 412 Sqdn. Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1943
Pilot's Flying Badge

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