Lieutenant-Colonel William Maurice Eyre Anderson


Unit : 195th Airlanding Field Ambulance, RAMC

Army No. : 63162

Awards : Distinguished Service Order


Lieutenant-Colonel Bill Anderson commanded the 195th Airlanding Field Ambulance. For his conduct during the campaigns in which the 6th Airborne Division took part, he was, after the war, awarded the Distinguished Service Order. His citation reads:


At Hamminkeln on the 24th March 1945, Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson was in command of 195 Airlanding Field Ambulance, which collected, treated and held over four hundred casualties for well over thirty hours. Conditions were difficult at first due to sustained enemy fire and later on due to limited accommodation and numbers of casualties mounting rapidly, but Colonel Anderson dealt so decisively and actively with each difficulty that at no time was the well being of the patients endangered. At no time did he allow enemy activity which was particularly violent during the early stages to interfere with the cool and skilful exercise of his duties.


At Longueval, Normandy on the 10th June 1944, the Regimental Aid Post of the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles was attacked by a company of enemy infantry, several patients loaded on jeeps being killed and wounded. Colonel Anderson although himself badly wounded by the first burst of fire, organised and personally assisted the removal of the patients to cover. He afterwards led the convoy through the enemy lines and not until reaching his Main Dressing Station would he allow his wound to be dressed.


Throughout the campaign BLA, whether in France, the Ardennes or Germany, this officer has shown a consistently high standard of gallantry and devotion to duty.


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