Anderson, Alexander Alderson

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Alexander Alderson Anderson
23 September 1889 – 8 March 1973
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Place of birth Ottawa, Ontario
Place of death Montreal, Quebec
Place of burial Beechwood Cemetery
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank LCol
Awards DSO

Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Alderson Anderson (23 September 1889 – 8 March 1973) served with the Canadian Engineers during the Great War in Signalling duties.

Early Life

On his attestation paper Anderson listed his Next of Kin (NOK) as Lt. Col. W. P. Anderson and his occupation as Civil Engineer.


Anderson enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) in December 1914. He served as an officer in 2 Canadian Divisional Signal Company and was the Officer Commanding No. 4 Section. In January 1916 he attended a Wireless course. Suffering from Laryngitis, Anderson was sent to the Michelbam Convalescent Hospital in Cimiez Nice, France from February to April 1916. Made Second in Command of the unit in May 1916 he was promoted to the rank of acting Captain. In March 1917 Anderson was placed in Command of 2 Canadian Divisional Signal Company and promoted Acting Major in April 1917 and Major in June 1917. Anderson remained with the unit throughout the war and returned to Canada in May 1919.

For his service in the Great War, Anderson was awarded the Distinguished Service Order[1] and was Mentioned in Despatches a total of three times; in June 1917[2], December 1917[3], and December 1918[4].

Retirement Years

Obituary: "ANDERSON, Lieut. Col. Alexander A." Suddenly on Thursday, March 8, 1973, Lieut. Col. Alexander Alderson Anderson, D.S.O., E.D. of 400 Stewart St., age 83 years, beloved husband of Helen Jarvis; father of Susan, Ottawa; brother of. Mrs. O. S. Tyndale (Dorothy), Montreal; Resting Hulse and Playfair central chapel, 315 McLeod St. Service Monday, March 12 at 11 a.m. Interment Beechwood cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday. In iieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart Foundation." - The Ottawa Journal, March 10, 1973. Page 50

Buried at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa. Sec 50, Plot 50, Stone#2.1

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  1. The London Gazette, Supplement 30450. 28 Dec 1917. Page 28.
  2. The London Gazette, Supplement 30107. 1 June 1917. Page 5426.
  3. The London Gazette, Supplement 30448. 25 December 1917. Page 13570.
  4. The London Gazette, Supplement 31089. 27 December 1918. Page 15219.