(Service number 88194)

Aliases Joe
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Date 6 September 1876 Place of Birth Levels Downs Farm, Pleasant Point

Enlistment Information

Date 17 May 1918 Age 39 yrs
Address at Enlistment Fairlie School Road, Fairlie
Occupation Tailor
Previous Military Experience Served in South African War (9449) - 10th S. African Contingent
Marital Status Married. Married Ester Anna Maria WESTCOTT on 27 July 1904 at Moa Flat. Son William Peterson SAUNDERS was born on 11 April 1905 at Cobden, Greymouth.
Next of Kin Mrs Ester Anna Maria SAUNDERS (wife), P. O. Box 100, Fairlie, Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 132 lbs. Chest 30-33 inches. Complexion pale. Eyes grey. Hair grey. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. Overlapping left little toe. Slight Genn Valeum. No fits. No notification for consumption. No treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Absent from work because of fracture of left forearm 33 years ago.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army - A Company, 47th Reinforcements N.Z.E.F
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation SA War - South Island Regiment, G Squadron
Unit, Squadron, or Ship SA War - Tenth Contingent
Date 19 April 1902 for South African War
Transport Norfolk for SA War
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals Imperial South African War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date 29 November 1918 - Certificate of Leave in lieu of Discharge Reason

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Post-war Occupations


Date 23 June 1956 Age 79 yrs
Place of Death Havelock North
Notices Timaru Herald, 25 June 1956
Memorial or Cemetery Hastings Crematorium, Havelock North Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block E, Plot 60
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Eustace was a son of Mark and Phoebe (nee TAYLOR) SAUNDERS. He was a brother of Charles William SAUNDERS who died of disease 1915, and of Mark SAUNDERS who was killed in action in 1917. Eustace also served in the 2nd Regiment 10th N.Z.M.R. in the South African War (Service No. 9449), from which he was discharged at the finish of the war. Died 1956. Tailor. Eustace was a tailor and was living in Fairlie when he enlisted for both the South African War and the Great War. He was 25 years old in 1902 and his next-of-kin was his father, Mark SAUNDERS, of Pleasant Point. He was educated at Pleasant Point and Timaru Main schools. Eustace did not leave New Zealand in WWI. He entered Camp on 10 September 1918. In his two months of service in WWI, he had already been granted two periods of leave without pay93 days & 6 days) prior to issue of Certififcate of Leave. He was stated to be of good character and in good health when granted his Certificate of Leave in November 1918.


Cenotaph Database [22 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5515 0004953) [25 October 2013]; Havelock North Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiche collection) [April 2014], Hastings District Council CemeteryBase (Havelock North Cemetery) [07 May 2014]; Eustace Saunders, NZHistory ( [22 October 2013]   

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