Born at Bugle Ranges, South Australia, on 3 Oct 1897 the eldest son of John Frederick Anderson and Emily Adelaide Ida Harrip, Grandie’s birth was followed by 5 sisters and 3 brothers; Annie Sophia Alice, Agnes Christine Ada, Edgar Jack Brooker, Doris Elizabeth Grace, Mavis Sarah Adelaide, Stella Ruth Winifred, Hubert Ernest Ross and Raynor Verdun Harrip.
He enlisted in the 27th Battalion Australian Infanty Force, on 5 Apr 1916, and married Mary Eveline (Ev) Hembury two months later (2 Sep 1916) at her parent’s home, 27 Childers Street, North Adelaide Two weeks after marrying, Arthur Thomas Andrew Anderson embarked the “HMAT AB Commonwealth” and headed for Flanders, France and the trenches of World War 1.
Eveline Phyllis (Phyl) Anderson, my husband’s mother and their honeymoon babe, was born on 22 Jun 1917 followed by Grandie & Nana’s son, Arthur Maxwell (Mac) Anderson, on 23 Aug 1925.
Art Anderson was active within the Returned Services League (RSL) serving as Branch President, and in a variety of roles, for very many years. He would never talk of the horrors of Flanders and trench warfare, however he always heaped great praise upon the Salvation Army and the service and comfort they gave to the Australian Forces right up there, with them, on “the front line”.
With his son-in-law, Waldemar Louis Habel, dying so young Grandie was of great support to the young family and willingly took on a fathering role for his daughter Phyl’s three children. He was a particularly wonderful role model to the very young and fatherless Steve, who chose to live with his grandparents for quite some time after his mother remarried.
Survived by his wife, son, daughter, seven grandchildren and eighteen great-grand children Arthur Thomas Andrew Anderson will always be loved and remembered as a caring, hardworking man of great character and tenacity – our Grandie.
May he always Rest in Peace.
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