(Service number 86251)

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Date 13 June 1887 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 12 Te Puni Street, Petone
Occupation Woollen mill employee
Previous Military Experience Wellington rifles - resigned
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs L. Hanford (wife), 9 Te Puni Street, Petone
Religion Methodist
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Date 21 January 1959 Age 71 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Samuel Hanford was the son of William Sessions and Mary Ann Hanford. He attended Scotsburn School at Peel forest for three years before the family moved to Petonewhere he was enrolled at Petone Central School. He married Lillian Kinsley on 29 April 1911 at Petone. Edna May hanford, born on 14 June 1904 at Wellington, was adopted. A son James, born in 1915, died at 2 days old. Samuel was employed at the Wellington Woollen Mills when he was called up in 1918.


NZ BDM Indexes [May 2017]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG; Hutt Valley Branch NZSG) [30 May 2017]; Kelvin grove Cemetery Palmerston North headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [30 May 2017]

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