SANDERS, Joseph Albert
(Service number 12/3470)

Aliases SAUNDERS in some instances. 
First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank Private


Date 16 December 1889 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 24 August 1915 Age 26 yrs 8 mths
Address at Enlistment Post-office, Hamilton
Occupation Nurseryman
Previous Military Experience Temuka Rifles Vols. 18.05.07 - 28.2.11; 2nd (S.C.) Regt. 1.3.11 - 28.8.12; 16th (Waikato) Regt. 29.5.12 -13.6.14; Reserve Territorial Force 14.6.14 - 22.8.15. Regiimental Sergeant.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin F. SANDERS (father), Temuka
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 146 lbs. Chest 33-37 inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. False teeth. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccination mark. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Auckland Infantry Battalion
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals Badge "For services rendered" (sent in June 1918). New Zealand Service Medal (see his previous military experience and N.Z.E.F. service).
Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date 22 November 1917 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in action.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

16 September 1916 wounded in the head (scalp), leg, and buttock, in France; Joseph cabled that he was doing well. In December admitted to hospital at Chelsea, London. 12 May 1917 admitted to Walton-on-Thames Hospital. 14 June 1917 transferred to Hornchurch; 15 July transferred to Walton-on-Thames. 31 July 1917 advice to return to N. Z. at early date. Classified exempt by Medical Board and placed on NZ Roll.

Post-war Occupations



Date 1 November 1960 Age 72 yrs
Place of Death Te Awamutu
Cause Service with the Forces
Memorial or Cemetery Hamilton East Cemetery
Memorial Reference SOLD3-N-25
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Third son of Frank and Jane Sarah (nee TUTHILL) SANDERS, of Temuka. Brother Thomas Alfred SANDERS was killed in action in 1916 in WWI. Educated at Rangitira Valley & Temuka schools. 14 July 1917 he embarked at Avonside for N.Z. per H.S. Marama (Hospital Ship). On his return to New Zealand Joseph was put in the care of Waikato Hospital. He also applied for a War-Service Gratuity. On 14 November 1960 the War Pensions Office decided that his death was due to his service with the Forces. on 5 April 1937 Joseph acknowledged receipt of a New Zealand Service Medal for long and efficient service in the New Zealand Military Forces, which he had applied for. In his pre-war military service and with N.Z.E.F. he gave a total of 12 yrs 36 days of continuous efficient service. He had already received in 1936 a regulation issue ribbon. Of good character (1917). Joseph married Ruby Ida LOTT in 1918 .


Cenotaph Database [03 April 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5550 0101614) [04 April 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DiA) [03 April 2014]; Timaru Herald, 30 September 1916 (x 2) (Papers Past) [03 April 2014]; Hamilton City Council Cemetery Records - Hamilton East Cemetery [04 April 2014]

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