SAMS, Herbert William Home
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|First Rank||Corporal, Motor Ambulance Driver||Last Rank||Driver|
|Date||10 September 1889||Place of Birth||Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia|
|Address at Enlistment||Balmoral Station, South Canterbury, then in England|
|Previous Military Experience||Cadets at Timaru Main School.|
|Next of Kin|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||French Army||Served in||Service de Sante Militaire in France (1916).|
|Body on Embarkation||1916 joined the British Ambulance Committee's division of the French Red Cross.|
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|Service Medals||Victory Medal|
|Military Awards||Certificate marked with the words "Croix de Guerre" (French)|
Award Circumstances and Date
June 1917, removing wounded men from the firing line (at Verdun in February 1916) - "gave to the service of the wounded all the bravery and courage of a select personnel". See printout from Poverty Bay Herald, 26 June 1917.
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Invalided - impaired health, returned home to NZ in 1917; after about a year returned to service (June 1918).
Chief administrator of the Save the Children Fund. Refugee settlement in Europe, especially in France.
|Date||5 March 1975||Age||85 yrs|
|Place of Death||Chalfonts Hospital, Gerrards Cross, England|
|Notices||The Times, London, England; 8 March 1975|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Parkside Cemetery, Hedgerley, England|
|New Zealand Memorials||St Stephen's Anglican Church, Fairlie, Roll of Honour (On Active Service)|
Son of William Thomas & Annie Maria (nee HOME) SAMS, of Balmoral, Fairlie. He died in 1975 in England. Brothers Frank Douglas Home SAMS & William Montague Home SAMS also served in WWI. Educated at Lower Shotover, George Street Dunedin & Mornington Dunedin schools, then at Timaru Main School & Timaru Boys' High School. Gained a B.A. in 1923 in NZ. In 1916 he went from Wellington, NZ, to England, with his brother Frank. In June 1918, Herbert returned to the front after twelve months sick leave. His wife, Louisa Violet, died three days before him, at the same hospital & they shared a funeral service at St James Church, Gerrards Cross on 12 March 1975. [See BIO.]
Timaru Herald, 16 December 1904, 17 December 1906, 31 January 1907, 3 May 1907, 23 May 1916, 21 September 1916, 17 April 1917, 17 July 1917, 12 November 1917, 5 February 1918, 24 June 1918, 22 October 1918, Press, 22 May 1916, 22 June 1917, 16 October 1918, Auckland Star, 6 June 1916, 21 June 1917, Poverty Bay Herald, 26 June 1917, Evening Post, 17 October 1918, 6 July 1921, 23 & 25 November 1921, 17 May 1923, 5 January 1939 (Papers Past) [28 February 2014, 02 March 2014]; Washington Passenger List - Alien Certificate, Canada Arrivals, British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Card (interactive.ancestry.com.au) [02 March 2014]; 'The Uninvited: At The Rich Man's Gate' - Jeremy Harding (Google search) [02 March 2014]; The Times, London, England, 24 December 1923, 24 May 1937, 14 July 1939, 26 July 1952, 5 & 8 March 1975 (NZSG Online Newspapers) [02 March 2014]; www.vyger.co.uk - Gracey -The Second World War 9Google search) [02 March 2013].
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