Private Gilbert Anderson

25 Sep 1944

Private Gilbert Anderson was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Anderson, of Blackpool, Lancashire. 

He volunteered for airborne forces during World War II and transferred from The Lancashire Fusiliers in 1943.

Gilbert Anderson attended RAF Ringway for parachute training on course 80 in August 1943, but sprained his ankle on landing after making his second balloon jump and was unable to complete the course.He returned to RAF Ringway to complete his training on course 93 and qualified as a military parachutist in December 1943.

He was later posted to 11th Parachute Battalion and took part in the Battle of Arnhem, during Operation Market Garden.

Private Anderson died on 25 September 1944, aged 21 years old, and is now commemorated on the Memorial at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, near Nijmegen.

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