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ANDERSON, Albert Naples (1885-1917) +

A N Anderson (GC War Service)

A N Anderson (GC War Service)

ANDERSON, Albert Naples (1885-1917)

Albert Naples was born at Dean, near Ballarat on 13 December, 1885, the son of William Anderson, MLA for Ballarat, and Helen Glover Anderson nee Naples.

He was enrolled at the Geelong College in 1901. At the time, his address was 'Lasswade', Austin Park near Geelong. He gained the following class prizes at College:
1901, 2nd, Geography, Middle 4th Class.
1901, 1st, Arithmetic, Middle 4th Class.
1901, 1st, Algebra, Middle 4th Class.

After leaving College he worked for Messrs J C Brown & Company as an accountant until his enlistment in 1914 during World War I. He had been one of the founding members of the Presbyterian Young Men's Guild, as well as a member of the Barwon Rowing Club. Albert Naples Anderson is also named on the memorial plaque to those who served in the Anglo-South African War in the Senior School Dining Hall.

His brother, the noted sculptor William Wallace Anderson (1888-1975) who also educated at Geelong College.

‘He enlisted in the AIF on 4 November 1914, and embarked for Egypt with the 8th Light Horse (2nd Reinforcement Group) on HMAT A26 'Armadale' on 12 February 1915. He then took part in the Gallipoli Campaign where he was wounded at Lone Pine and invalided first to England, then to Australia. He re-embarked for Egypt on 31 January 1917 with the 8th Light Horse (24th Reinforcement Group) on 'HMAT A25 Anglo Egyptian', and was wounded on 19 April at Second Gaza, when nine of his comrades from the 8th Light Horse fell, along with thirty-nine others from the 3rd and 4th Light Horse Brigades and forty-six from the Imperial Camel Corps battalions. Anderson died as a result of these wounds on 25 April 1917, the second anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing. ‘

Sources: Geelong Collegians at the Great War compiled by James Affleck. pp 6-7 (citing Pegasus; H S Gullett, The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 Vol. VII Sinai and Palestine; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Photo Pegasus May 1917.

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