Edmund Noel Anderson

Guardsman Edmund Noel Anderson of Belfast died on 3rd August 1944 as 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards advanced from St. Charles de Percy during Operation BLUECOAT.


Edmund Noel Anderson


Guardsman Edmund Noel Anderson (2723353) served in 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards during the Second World War. He was the foster-son of Margaret Anderson of Belfast.

Guardsman Anderson died on 3rd August 1944 aged 25 years old while serving as part of Operation BLUECOAT. On 3rd August 1944, 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards received instructions to capture the French village of Montchamp. Contrary to the intelligence received, the village was a strong enemy point.

No. 1 Company led the battalion on the road between St. Charles de Percy and Montchamp. About a kilometre east of St. Charles de Percy, German machine gunners halted progress. No. 1 Company backed up by two troops of tanks overcame the opposition allowing No. 4 Company and their supporting troop of tanks to pass through with slight losses. Around 400 metres further east, a third company and supporting troop of tanks attempted to take the village of Courteil. They met strong resistance and sustained greater losses. In total nine officers died and eighteen were wounded.

Guardsman Anderson’s grave is in Section XI, Row G, Grave 13 of St. Charles de Percy War Cemetery, France. His headstone bears the inscription:

Finis coronat opus.

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