HITCH, Leonard John Watson Sandes
(Service number 22701)

Aliases Noel
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank


Date 25 April 1893 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Post Office, Otautau
Occupation Telegraph cadet clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mr Watson HITCH (father), Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 17th Reinforcements Signalling Section
Date 23 September 1916
Transport Pakeha
Embarked From Destination Devonport, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 1 April 1967 Age 73 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 43, Plot 571
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Leonard John Watson Sandes Hitch was the eldest of the three sons of Watson and Isabella (Bella, née Kellahan) Hitch, and a brother of Gordon Edgar Hitch who died of wounds in 1918. Like his brothers he was educated at the Timaru Main School.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 February 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal ffairs) [18 February 2017]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [17 February 2017]

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