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Francis Paton Sanders

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Francis Paton Sanders

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Paton AWMM
  • Surname
    Sanders AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 17419 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 March 1917 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM Queenstown AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. K.A. Sanders, Queenstown (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 17419 AWMM
  • Military service
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  • Sergeant F. P. Sanders, MM; Queenstown; born NZ 26 Mar 1917; labourer; wounded 28 May 1944. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.336.)

    'Late on 22 March a shell came through a window or hole in the wall and burst, as if with a time-fuse, killing five and wounding eight. Amongst the wounded was the CSM, WO II J. R. Murdoch, who had done good work in handling every situation as it arose —getting up rations, manning picket posts and keeping up the spirit of the men. Lance-Sergeant Frank Sanders now took over Murdoch's duties and went back through heavy fire to Tactical Headquarters to get more stretchers and bearers to evacuate the wounded, a most difficult task under mortar fire in the dark and over the rough going. Sergeant Bill Henderson, commanding 11 Platoon, and Sergeant R. Stone, who had just returned from hospital and taken command of 10 Platoon, helped Sanders in his task of evacuating the wounded through the 25 Battalion area. That same night, Private Callanan showed courage of a high order in going back under fire to the crypt to get assistance for the wounded and, later, in stretcher-bearing. Sergeant F. P. Sanders, MM; Queenstown; born NZ 26 Mar 1917; labourer; wounded 28 May 1944.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. pp. 336.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    4 June 1989 Public - jeannette - Researcher - 10 January 2024 - QLDC cemetery search
  • Age at death
    72 Public - jeannette - Researcher - 10 January 2024 - QLDC cemetery search
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Queenstown Public - jeannette - Researcher - 10 January 2024 - QLDC cemetery search
  • Grave reference
    Catholic, Block 9, Plot 9 Public - jeannette - Researcher - 10 January 2024 - QLDC cemetery search
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  • External links
  • References
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.206, 336. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.311 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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10 January 2024jeannetteAucklandResearcher
13 April 2018Stephen Timaru Child

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