SAUNDERSON, Hugh Sitherwood
(Service number 3/2360)

Aliases 2nd name sometimes read as Litherwood.
First Rank Corporal Last Rank


Date 18 May 1891 Place of Birth Terang, Victoria, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Disley Street, Wellington
Occupation Warehouseman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A. McGOUN (mother), Disley Street, Northlands, Wellington
Religion Methodist
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 16th Reinforcements, Headquarters Staff, New Zealand Medical Corps
Date 19 August 1916
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 7 December 1971 Age 80 years
Place of Death Papakura, Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Papakura Cemetery
Memorial Reference Lawn, Row S, Plot 003
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Hugh Sitherwood Saunderson was the second son of Joseph Sitherwood and Annie Jane (née Hobson) Saunderson. Joseph and Annie were from County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Born in Victoria, Australia, Hugh was educated at Kaikorai School, Dunedin, and Oamaru South School. An indent clerk, he attended Dunedin Technical Classes as a paying student in 1908. After his father’s death in 1904, his mother married Charles Trevor MacGoun in 1906. In 1914 Hugh was living in Timaru with his mother and step-father. Hugh was called up in 1917. He had, however, already embarked. He nominated his mother as next-of-kin, but she died in 1917 in Wellington. He married Margaret Miller Lochhead in 1923. His brother, Hector Hobson Saunderson also served in World War I. Both Hugh and Hector are remembered in the Timaru Methodist Church Memorial Book. The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names were those of Hugh Sitherwood Saunderson and Hector Hobson Saunderson.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 March 2020]; School Admission records [27 March 2020]; Papakura Cemetery record (Auckland City Council) [27 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [24 March 2020]

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