Charles Edward Anderson – 5th child of Samuel Anderson and Sophia Alice Bailey

Charles Edward ANDERSON                                               Daisy Margaret PORTER

b. 14th April 1893                                                                      b. 27th December 1908

at Berry, NSW                                                                               at Coffs Harbour, NSW

d. 25th October 1973                                                                    d. 15th July 1996

at Coffs Harbour, NSW                                                               at Taree, NSW


Charles (Charlie) served in France in 1914 as part of World War 1. The photo below shows him in his uniform before being sent off to war only a few short weeks after enlisting. His sister Alberta (Addie), tells the story that Charlie hadn’t even been enlisted long enough to be fitted with a uniform when he was to be sent overseas. Consequently he borrowed a uniform to come home on leave before his departure and this is when the photo below was taken.

Charles Edward Anderson

Charles Edward Anderson

Charles was awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) during World War 1, and went to Buckingham Palace where it was presented to him by King George V.

Charlie suffered mustard gas poisoning whilst in France and it was then that he met and married an English nurse named Edith MILLS in 1918-19. The marriage was short lived and his new bride returned home after a short time. Charlie farmed for many years at Boambee and the cattle from his Ayrshire Stud were quite well renowned. He won many a show prize showing them, both at home and in Sydney.

Charlie and his second wife, Daisy were married on 18th February 1931. Daisy was the daughter of Alexander Weir Porter and Jessie Edminston Herd. In 1939, just after war was declared their home at Boambee was burnt down. They got their three daughters out safely but nearly all of their personal belongings were destroyed. As it happened in the early hours of the morning,everyone was in pyjamas. The neighbours lent them clothing so they could go to town and buy new things.  Then they all lived in the barm while the new house was being built.

Charles was also a committee member of the Royal Agricultural Society in Sydney, NSW for many years. He loved his cattle and his little farm, “Ayrshire Park” at Boambee. After he died the Ayrshire Stud was sold and the girls ran beef cattle on the farm. Some years later the property was sold to be split up into housinf blocks so Daisy, Betty, Laurel and Marcia moved to a small holding near Wingham, NSW.Charlie and Daisy’s family are: Bettina Jessie ANDERSON b.18th January 1932 at Boambee, NSW Shirley Margaret ANDERSON  b.18th January 1934 at Coffs Harbour. Thelma Laurel ANDERSON b.19th January 1938 at Coffs Harbour, NSW Marcia June ANDERSON b. 21st June 1945 at Bellingen, NSW

From Fighting Sons Of The Empire: Gunner Charles Edward Anderson, son of Samuel and Sophia Anderson, of Bonville, NSW, was born at Bellawongarah, NSW 25 years ago. He enlisted at Coffs Harbour in May, 1915 and went to Liverpool Camp where he was attached to the 113th Howitzer Battery.

He sailed for Egypt in July 1915, and went into action at Gallipoli in September 1915, where he was wounded and sent to Malta Hospital. He left Egypt for France in March 1916 and again went into action at Pozieres on the Somme, at Flueres, Armentieres, Baupaume, Bullecourt and Polygon Wood, in which battles he was thrice wounded. After taking part in the German offensive, he was sent to hospital suffering from mumps, but has since returned to duty. Gunner Anderson has been recommended four times for bravery. He was educated at Bellawongarah, and before enlisting was engaged in timber-getting.


Service Record:                   Gunner, 4th Artillery Battery.

Enlisted: 1st May 1915

Returned to Australia: 12th July 1919.