ANDERSON, Charles Groves Wright, MC  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Anderson, Charles Groves Wright, MC
Date of birth:  February 12th, 1897 (Capetown, South- Africa)
Date of death:  November 11th, 1988 (Redhill, Canberra, Australia)
Nationality:  Australian
     
     
VICTORIA CROSS (VC)
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Unit: 2/19th Battalion, Australian Military Forces
Received on: 8 January 1947
Action: During the operations in Malaya from the 18th to 22nd January 1942, Lieutenant-colonel Anderson, in command of a small force, was sent to restore a vital position and to assist a brigade. His force destroyed ten enemy tanks. When later cut off, he defeated persistent attacks on his position from air and ground forces, and forced his way through the enemy lines to a depth of fifteen miles. He was again surrounded and subjected to heavy and frequent attacks resulting in severe casualties to his force. He personally led an attack with great gallantry on the enemy who were holding a bridge and succeeded in destroying four guns. Lieutenant-colonel Anderson, throughout all this fighting, protected his wounded and refused to leave them.
He obtained news by wireless of the enemy position and attempted to fight his way back through eight miles of enemy occupied country. This proved to be impossible and the enemy were holding too strong a position for any attempt to be made to relieve him.
On the 19th of January, Lieutenant-colonel Anderson was ordered to destroy his equipment and make his way back as best as he could round the enemy position.
Throughout the fighting, which lasted for four days, he set a magnificent example of brave leadership, determination and outstanding courage. He not only showed fighting qualities of a very high order but throughout exposed himself to danger without any regard to his own personal safety.

London Gazette dated 13th of February, 1942
Details: Lieutenant Colonel Andersonís Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia.
Charles Groves Wright Anderson's grave, Nonwood Crematorium, Canberra, Australia.
 
     
MILITARY CROSS
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Victoria Cross Reference
- The Register of the Victoria Cross - published by This Engeland 1997 - ISBN 0906324270
- Special thanks to Iain Stewart from The History of the Victoria Cross
   
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