Topic: Anson, Norman Ralph

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A soldier of World War Two.

CWGC Cemetery history: In May 1943, the war in North Africa came to an end in Tunisia with the defeat of the Axis powers by a combined Allied force. The campaign began on 8 November 1942, when Commonwealth and American troops made a series of landings in Algeria and Morocco. The Germans responded immediately by sending a force from Sicily to northern Tunisia, which checked the Allied advance east in early December. Meanwhile, in the south, the Axis forces defeated at El Alamein were withdrawing into Tunisia along the coast through Libya, pursued by the Allied Eighth Army. By mid April 1943, the combined Axis force was hemmed into a small corner of north-eastern Tunisia and the Allies were grouped for their final offensive. The Eighth Army attack on the position at Enfidaville on 19 April captured the village, but strong resistance meant no further progress was possible. Attacks further north met with greater success and Tunis fell on 7 May, Bizerta on the 8th. By 11 May, the position at Enfidaville was surrounded at resistance ceased on the following day. Most of those buried at Enfidaville War Cemetery died in the final battles from March to the beginning of May. The cemetery contains 1,551 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 88 of them unidentified.

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Anson, Norman Ralph


First Names:Norman Ralph
Last Name:Anson
Date of Death:26 April 1943
Place of Death:Tunisia
Memorial or Cemetery:Enfidaville War Cemetery, Tunisia
Age at death:22
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Farm Labourer
Marital Status:Single
Nominal Roll:WW2 9
Regiment or Service:2NZEF, 26 Infantry Battalion
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:Courtenay
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Thomas Henry Karslake Anson, and Agnes Ida Anson, of Courtenay, Canterbury
Service Number:246514