Born in Chatham, ON. the son of John and Edith (Tackaberry) Anderson, of 174 Victoria, Avenue, Chatham, later living in Wallaceburg. Ontario, Canada. Jack was educated at McKeough Public School and Chatham Collegiate Institute. Prior to his enlistment he had “entered service with the Bank of Montreal” in Chatham, ON. Jack was a prominent athlete in tennis and softball in the Chatham area. He had also spent many enjoyable years with the Boy Scouts.
Private Anderson enlisted 27/05/1940 with the 1st Kent Reg. in Chatham rising to the rank of Captain. He demonstrated “a great aptitude for a military life while with the Kent’s. When the Kent’s were not mobilized for overseas duty he transferred to the Essex Scottish Regiment in Windsor, ON. in August of 1940 with the rank of Lieutenant so he could go overseas with the Regiment. He was trained in Chatham, London, Camp Bordon and in England where he regained his rank of Captain.
Reported going overseas 21/09/40. Reported promoted to Captain 26/05/42. the first Chatham officer to be promoted on ‘actives service’. During the past year he had won three sports cups and a medal for his athletic endeavours. In one of his letters home jack mentioned that he had completed training with the Commando forces in England.CDN 28/05/42.As a result of a motorcycle accident in England during a ‘blackout’ he was killed. Age: 25, DOAI – Date of Death: 31/07/1942.
Captain Jack Tackaberry Anderson, Western Ontario Regiment, Chatham, ON. was reported as dead in the Hamilton Spectator, 8 August, 1942. He was the first officer of the Essex Scottish killed overseas.
CDN (21-09-1940), CDN (03-08-1942/04-08-42), KIA (07-08-01942), Chatham Fire Fighters 1944 Field Day Booklet (18-08-1944), KCFA, IOSD, IODE(P), CVWM, DND-RH, CCI-RH
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead, Grave/Memorial Reference: 32. J. 5.
Cemetery: BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY