This blog is a companion to the Database of Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sgt James Grant Anderson's war

Driver Rupert Clive Jones, left, and Lance Corporal James Grant Anderson at the Alexandria Military Cemetery,  c 1915.

James Grant Anderson, on the right, a farmer of Essendon and Keilor, married Elsie Dixon in October 1913.  In September 1914 James stepped forward to do what he considered to be his duty as a citizen, and in October 1914 he left his expectant bride to do his earnest best in service of the Empire for the next four years.

Lovingly kept in the family, Jim's photos, letters, telegrams and souvenirs tell the story of his service, of his eventual longing to be home, and his attempts to be a father to the daughter he had yet to meet.   Three of Jim's brothers were also on active service.  Gordon Anderson's photo albums were posted about a few weeks ago.


  1. Lenore I have nominated you for this award

  2. Hi Kerryn,

    Thank you so much. I'm sorry I am slow responding, you've caught me in a period of frenetic activity owing to History Week coming up quickly, starting on Sunday. I'll have to come back to it after History Week is over. Thank you again,

    Best wishes,