|John Thompson McKellar Anderson|
|Born||12 January 1918|
|Died||5 October 1943|
|Place of birth||Hampstead, London|
|Place of death||Termoli, Italy|
|Buried at||Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy|
|Years of service||1940-1943|
|Unit||The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Distinguished Service Order
Major John Thompson McKellar Anderson VC DSO (12 January 1918 – 5 October 1943) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Anderson was 25 years old, and an acting major in the 8th Battalion, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 23 April 1943 at Longstop Hill, Tunisia, Major Anderson assumed command of the battalion when his commanding officer was killed and although he himself was wounded in the leg he went on and eventually occupied the objective. His force was reduced to about 44 officers and men, but 200 prisoners were taken and he had personally led successful attacks on several machine-gun posts and mortars.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle, Scotland.
References[edit | edit source]
- CWGC entry
- Rees, Brian “Stowe: The History of a Public School 1923-1989” London: Stamp Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9544879-2-8. pages 148-9.
- History of Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
- Burial location of John Anderson "Italy"
- Location of John Anderson's Victoria Cross "Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum"
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