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Alfred John Saunders

Taken at the Christchurch home at enlistment.

Alfred John Saunders

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    Alfred John AWMM
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    Saunders AWMM
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    WWII 482005 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    • WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 53 Rosewarne St., Spreydon, Christchurch AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1945 AWMM 64 Oxford Tce., Christchurch AWMM
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    • WW2 Mrs. I.M. Saunders, 64 Oxford Tce., Christchurch (w) AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. I.M. Saunders, Black's Pt., Reefton (w) AWMM
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  • Alf was born in Blacks Point on 21 November 1910 and died in Brisbane on 4 October 2008. After earlier spending 5 years as a cadet or in the Territorials, he was allowed to leave gold mining to enlist at Christchurch on 15 October 1942. He was discharged on 24 April 1946.

    Initial training with the Engineers was at Trentham. Upon completion, the detachment was embarking at Wellington for the Middle East when he was removed for "special duties". That involved going to New Caledonia to build a new hospital. It never received the casualties expected so in 1945 he was sent back to remove it.

    He was given a war pension upon discharge. However, when he later obtained a senior position in mining, he relinquished that pension as he thought that others had the greater need. In 1976, surgeons at a war veterans' hospital told him that the surgeon in New Caledonia had operated in the wrong vein.
    Public - Andrew William - Child - 31 August 2023



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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.115 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.126 AWMM


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31 August 2023Andrew WilliamKallangur, Queensland, AustraliaChild

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