24 February 2020

CWGC Beechwood Burials: Erl Clifton Anderson

Erl Anderson, Vox Lycei Spring 1917 
Erl Clifton Anderson, born in Ottawa on 27 November 1898, son of Robert and Mary Anderson, enlisted as a student from the Ottawa Collegiate Institute on 21 May 1917.
His service file, with the CFA, shows he was discharged as medically unfit for overseas service on 29 January 1918. No detail is given although a newspaper report is that it was due to "An illness contracted at Petawawa Camp."
He had a journalist friend and was mentioned even 30 years after his death as "a great athlete and had one sweet eye as a basketball player." In August 1919 he was recovered and mentioned as"a lightning-fast fielder and hard hitter."
He succumbed to influenza on 24 February 1920 and interred in the family plot in Section 29 at Beechwood Cemetery.

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