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Luca Muir Anderson

Luca has been interested in history from a very young age. He began making short history videos at 14 which is when his interest in the colonial period of WA’s military history started.

When he was 16, Luca began work on what would become wacolonialmilitary.com. Luca graduated from North Lake Senior Campus in 2023 with a WACE and a Certificate II in Active Volunteering. He is currently working on writing books related to the website. Luca is a sixth generation West Australian.

Luca was previously an Army Cadet before transitioning to the Army Reserve. He is
a Police Cadet in the Western Australian Police Force. In his spare time, Luca likes to play strategy games, go camping, play hockey, research history and volunteer with St John Ambulance.

Luca Muir Anderson Photo: Bohdan Warchomij0124

Luca’s family members have done their duty and in many cases been wounded in the service of Australia during the Second Boer War, Great War, Second World War, Vietnam War and Peace Time. Some details of their service can be found below.

NAME

SERVICE

AWARDS

William Anderson (Great-Grandfather)

Rank

Trooper

Birthplace

Scotland

Job

Working on a regional station

Age

32

Served overseas in the Second Boer War with the 3rd Western Australian Mounted Infantry Contingent (Imperial Bushmen) from 18th April 1900 – 8th May 1901. Saw
action in numerous engagements, most notably the Battle of Koster’s River.
Wounded at Klep Klop Drift on the 6th January 1901.

Queen’s South Africa Medal with 4 clasps (Rhodesia, Transvaal, Orange Free State
and Cape Colony).

NAME

SERVICE

AWARDS

John Bailye (Great-Granduncle)

Rank

Private

Birthplace

Albany, Western Australia

Job

Farmer

Age

26

Served overseas in the Great War with the 11th Infantry Battalion AIF from July 1915- 3 July 1917. Saw action in 2 battles (Gallipoli Campaign and the Battle of Pozieres).
Went to hospital sick with mumps for a month in early 1916. Was heavily wounded
on the 24th July 1916 during the Battle of Pozieres which resulted in his leg being amputated and him having to remain in hospital for a full year.

1914/1915 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Wound Stripe

Returned from Active Service Badge

2 Good Conduct Stripes

2 Long Service Stripes.

NAME

SERVICE

AWARDS

George Bailye (Great-Granduncle)

Rank

Lance Corporal

Birthplace

Albany, Western Australia

Job

Farmer

Age

24

Served overseas in the Great War with the 11th Infantry Battalion AIF from 18th September 1916 – 6th October 1919. Saw action in numerous battles (notably 3rd Battle of Ypres, 1917 Campaigns, German Spring Offensive and Hundred Days Offensive). Was wounded on the 2nd November 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele, spending 4 months in hospital.

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Wound Stripe

Returned from Active Service Badge

3 Good Conduct Stripes

3 Long Service Stripes.

NAME

SERVICE

AWARDS

John McKeon (Great-Grandfather)

Rank

Private

Birthplace

Liverpool, England

Job

Labourer

Age

23


Served overseas in the Great War with the 44th Infantry Battalion AIF from 29th June 1917 – 9th August 1919. Saw action in numerous battles (German Spring Offensive, Battle of Hamel, Hundred Days Offensive and Breaching the Hindenburg Line). Was gassed on the 11th July 1918 shortly after the Battle of Hamel, spending 7 weeks in hospital.

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Wound Stripe

Returned from Active Service Badge

2 Good Conduct Stripes

2 Long Service Stripes.

NAME

SERVICE

AWARDS

Keith Anderson (Grandfather)
Rank
Leading Aircraftman
Birthplace
Perth, Western Australia
Job
Bricklayer
Age
25

Served at home in the Second World War as a Fitter Armourer with the Royal Australian Air Force from 25th July 1942 to 16th March 1945. He was posted to Kalgoorlie (19 Months), Perth (9 months), Busselton (4 months) and Victoria (4 months). During this time he was a single father of two and the stress and fatigue caused by this resulted in him requesting to leave the RAAF before the conclusion of the war.

1939-1945 War Medal

Australia Service Medal 1939-1945

General Service Badge.

Family Battle Honours

Rhodesia (W Anderson)
Transvaal (W Anderson)
Orange Free State (W Anderson)
Cape Colony (W Anderson)
South Africa 1899-1902 (W Anderson)
Gallipoli, 1915 (J Bailye)
Egypt, 1915-16 (J Bailye)
Pozieres (J Bailye)
Somme, 1916-18 (G Bailye & J Bailye)
Ypres, 1917 (G Bailye)
Menin Road (G Bailye)
Polygon Road (G Bailye)
Broodseinde (G Bailye)

Poelcappelle (G Bailye)
Passchendaele (G Bailye)
Somme, 1918 (J Mckeon)
Ancre, 1918 (J Mckeon)
Lys (G Bailye)
Hazebrouck (G Bailye)
Hamel (J Mckeon)
Amiens (G Bailye)
Albert, 1918 (G Bailye)
Hindenburg Line (G Bailye & J Mckeon)
Epehy (G Bailye)
St Quentin Canal (J Mckeon)
France and Flanders, 1916-1918 (G Bailye, J Bailye & J Mckeon)

26 Total Battle Honours
George Bailye: 14 Battle Honours
John Bailye: 5 Battle Honours
John Mckeon: 6 Battle Honours
William Anderson: 5 Battle Honours