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From: "Peter McCrae" <>
Subject: [NZ-OBITS] ANDERSON: John Anderson sep,2007
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 18:11:12 +0100
Major-General Sir John Anderson
Last Updated: 3:55am BST 21/09/2007
Major-General Sir John Anderson, who has died aged 91, was on Montgomery's
operational staff in the North African campaign and subsequently became head
of the Royal Corps of Signals (RCS) as Signal Officer-in-Chief (Army).
Major-Gen Sir John Anderson
John Evelyn Anderson, the son of a New Zealander who sailed as a deckhand
with Captain Scott on one of his Antarctic expeditions, was born at
Shrewsbury on June 28 1916 and educated at King's School, Rochester. He
attended RMA Woolwich and later became the last senior officer in the RCS to
have been trained to drive and operate horse-drawn cable wagons.
Anderson was commissioned into the RCS in 1936 and posted to Egypt Signals
two years later. He served in 7th Armoured Division's Signal Regiment on
active service as troop commander, adjutant, squadron commander and
operational second-in-command from 1939 to 1942.
Anderson took part in a succession of desert battles including Sidi Resegh,
operations Crusader and Battleaxe and the work up to El Alamein. After
attending Staff College, Haifa, he moved to HQ 8th Army and served as GSO2
on Montgomery's Operations Staff for much of the North African campaign and
the invasion of Sicily. He was mentioned in despatches three times.
Another spell at Staff College, Haifa, this time as an instructor, was
followed in 1944 by a return to England and a posting to the Signal
Directorate at SHAEF. After the war, he held a number of appointments on the
General Staff including that of GSO1 in the Directorate of Tactical
Investigation; this team carried out the first joint investigation into the
effects of atomic war on the structure and tactics of the armed services.
Anderson was appointed senior instructor at the School of Signals before
working at the War Office and then moved to New Zealand as Director New
After a posting to 11th Armoured Division in BAOR, he went to London
District as Chief Signals Officer before returning to BAOR as Commander
Royal Signals, 7th Armoured Division.
Staff appointments in Kuala Lumpur, the War Office and BAOR, where he was
Chief Signals Officer, were followed by promotion to major-general as Signal
Officer-in-Chief (Army). After serving as Assistant Chief of Defence Staff
(Signals), in 1972 he retired from the Army.
Anderson was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Corps of Signals from 1969 to
1974 and Honorary Colonel Women's Transport Corps (FANY) from 1970 to 1976.
He was Director General of the Nato Integrated Communications System
Management Agency from 1977 to 1981 and Executive Director for Europe of the
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association from 1981 to 1988.
Throughout his life, Anderson was a keen fly fisherman and was president of
the Piscatorial Society from 1982 to 1987. He was appointed CBE in 1963 and
knighted in 1971.
John Anderson married, in 1944, Jean Tait, who survives him with their son
and a daughter
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