THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
ANDERSON John Nesbit
34755, Major, 5 Field Park Company, New Zealand Engineers

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
It was in great measure due to the personal example and inspiring leadership of Major Anderson that the protective minefield was laid before the enemy attack reached the FDL’s at Minqar Qaim on 27 June 1942.  Despite the intensity of the enemy shelling of his parties and the development of the attack, 4000 mines were rapidly laid.  Where the shelling was the heaviest, Major Anderson was to be seen, encouraging his men, and he himself, fusing mines. One truckload of mines had already been exploded by enemy fire, causing many casualties and Major Anderson and his men well knew the risk involved. When mines had to be laid adjacent to a burning ammunition truck, he himself, displaying a total disregard of personal safety, carried mines to the area.  Just as this was being completed, he moved a wounded man to safety, and still under particularly heavy and accurate shell fire continued to direct the work to completion

Mention in Despatches

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
8th Army
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Mention in Despatches
New Zealand War Service Medal
Coronation Medal 1953

NOTES
Born 15 April 1894, Okaihau, New Zealand
Died 19 July 1968, Te Awamutu, New Zealand