Sunday, March 20, 2011

Anderson in WW1

So what did Keith Anderson do during World War 1? In order to answer this question we need to find his diary, pilot's log book, so we contacted the Mossman RSL for any information that they might have because they were involved with Anderson's funeral in 1929. However they were unable to provide any useful information. I used the internet to research the Imperial War Museum and the UK National  Archives in London but this was a dead end. We spoke to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on two occasions without any success. After hours of research on the AWM website we found a minor referance to his name and rang the research departmant for more information. There was some information in the private collection that is only avalible to see in person as there may be copyright issues. The research staff were fantastic. They went out of their way to search for the unknown document which turned out to be Anderson's "record of service". His birthdate, his name and his referance to 73 sqn match perfectly and we can be confidant that this is the same person. The AWM staff  sent a copy of his "record of service" via email as it was not copyright. This document is a goldmine of information and tells his us a story about his wartime adventures.

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