After serving his apprenticeship and obtaining his 2nd Officers Certificate joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and was eventually promoted to Master on their tankers. After WWII he returned to S.A. and worked for Union-Castle Line in a shore position. Later joined the harbour service in Cape Town from where he retired as Assistant Port Captain in 1985. Deceased 22/04/2004.
From O.G. Keen:
I knew Bob Anderson very well as a well liked colleague. Gruff of voice and just a little in manner he taught me a lot when I came down from Walvis Bay as a rookie pilot.
We were almost next door neighbours, I living on the corner of Hiddingh and Poplar roads in Bergvliet and Bob some four houses down in Polar Avenue. Bergvliet was one of the open, leafy 'garden' suburbs Built after the 39-45 war especially for ex-servicemen.
Bob was a stalwart member of the MOTHS organisation, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats, the South African ex-servicemen's association.