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Anderson Park commemorates Lieutenant Colonel Charles Groves Wright Anderson who won a Victoria Cross (V.C.) for his bravery in Malaya in World War Two. The tablet was unveiled on the memorial in April 1948 by Brigadier Duncan Maxwell/ 

Anderson was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 August 1941 and took command of his battalion. Five months later Japan entered the war, invading Malaya and committing herself to war with Britain on the same day as her forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbour. British Empire forces began a long series of withdrawals down the length of the Malayan peninsula. Within a month Japanese forces were in southern Malaya and Anderson`s unit was among those conducting defensive operations in the Muar area.

He conducted a fighting withdrawal to Parit Sulong during which he and his men were cut off and suffered heavy casualties. Anderson led them through four days of heavy fighting in a bid to reach Allied lines. For his leadership, his protection of his own wounded men, and for repeatedly risking his own life Anderson was awarded the Victoria Cross. The fighting over, Anderson endured more than three years in Japanese captivity before returning to Australia.


Address:Lovell Street, Anderson Park, Young, 2594
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.311697
Long: 148.296931
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:April-1948
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Anderson Park

So named in honour of Lieut-Col C. G. W. Anderson V.C., M.C.

Renowned for his gallantry in the Malayan Campaign 1941-42

Source: MA,H, ADB
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