Anderson, Frederick Hugh (No. 404880)

Anderson, Frederick Hugh

Pilot Officer (Pilot)

No. 404880, 153 (RAF) Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Wednesday 19 November 1941 (aged 22)

Buried:

Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Churchyard, Ballyeasborough, Co. Down (Grave 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wanganui Collegiate School

New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington

New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cousin of Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Samuel Hornby

BIOGRAPHY

Frederick Hugh Anderson was born on 1 April 1919 and he was a son of Hugh Alexander Anderson and Ruby Eleanor Anderson (nee Pemberton) who were married in 1916 in New Zealand.  The Anderson family lived in Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.

Hugh Alexander Anderson was a farmer and during the First World War he served as a Private (No. 12543) with ‘J’ Company in the Wellington Infantry Battalion.  Hugh Alexander and Ruby Eleanor Anderson had three sons:

Frederick Hugh (born 1 April 1919)

James Pellew (born 1920)

Geoffrey Pemberton (born 1924).

Hugh Alexander Anderson died on 21 April 1969 (aged 81) and Ruby Eleanor Anderson died in 1987 (aged 92).

From 1934 until 1937 Frederick Hugh Anderson attended Wanganui Collegiate School where he was a member of Marris House and a Prefect.  After leaving school he took up farming.  During the Second World War Frederick Hugh Anderson served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 153 Squadron.  On 14 October 1941 a flight from 256 Squadron arrived at RAF Ballyhalbert to form 153 Squadron and they began flying the following day.  153 Squadron was officially formed on 24 October and they flew Boulton Paul Defiant aircraft on night patrols.  The motto of the Squadron was Noctividus – seeing by night – and their badge comprised a bat (flying mammal) in front of a six-pointed star.  Pilot Officer Frederick Hugh Anderson (No. 404880) was killed on 19 November 1941 when the Boulton Paul Defiant aircraft (N1645) he was flying, undershot as it was landing at RAF Ballyhalbert.  The Air Gunner on board was injured but survived.

Pilot Officer Frederick Hugh Anderson was buried in Ballyhalbert (St. Andrew’s) Church of Ireland Churchyard at Ballyeasborough and he is also commemorated in St. Andrew’s Church.  His second cousin, Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Samuel Hornby, was killed in an aircraft accident on 10 October 1945 and was buried in the same graveyard.  John Samuel Hornby is also commemorated in St. Andrew’s Church.  Both men are commemorated in Wanganui Collegiate School; on the New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington and on the New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Three other relatives of Pilot Officer Frederick Hugh Anderson were also killed on active service during the Second World War.

His brother, Lance Corporal James Pellew Anderson (No. 276577), served with the 25th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry in Italy and he died on 2 August 1944.  Lance Corporal Anderson was buried in Florence War Cemetery (Grave VII. D. 3).

In addition to John Samuel Hornby, two other cousins died.  Both were sons of Frederick Hugh Anderson’s aunt, Helen Margaret Anderson, who was married to George Le Heup Marshall.  Corporal Hugh Roger Marshall (No. 1252) served with the Divisional Cavalry Regiment, New Zealand Armoured Corps and he died on 24 May 1941.  He was buried in Suda Bay War Cemetery, Greece (Grave 2. C. 7).

Flying Officer George Montgomerie Marshall (No. 391841) served with 258 (RAF) Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force and he died on 30 July 1941.  He was buried in Ipswich Old Cemetery, Suffolk (Section X H Grave 436 C).