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James Edward Sanders

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Portrait, sitting in the cockpit - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, sitting in the cockpit - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Sanders AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sandy AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ405325 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 21 December 1940 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Wool classer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      False teeth AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Back and hip injuries AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to hospital in Malta and Edinburgh AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Emphysema AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • An obituary written by Jack Leigh and published in October 1998 gives details of Jim Sanders' childhood in Dargaville. His father was killed in a logging accident when he was a year old. He grew up in Auckland and in the 1930s sold advertising for the Observer (an Auckland weekly) and the North Auckland Times in Dargaville. He sang in the 1940 performances of Faust, won a services talent quest in Cairo and on returning to New Zealand entered the first Mobil contest.

    He wrote several books including: Of wind and water: a Kiwi pilot in Coastal Command, Venturer courageous: Group Captain Leonard Trent, VC, DFC: a biography, New Zealand VC winners: the story of New Zealand servicemen who won the greatest honour for valour on the battlefield and A long patrol: an illustrated history of No. 1 Squadron, RNZAF 1930-1984.

    The "Dominion Monarch" was launched on 27 July 1938 and was a Shaw Savill liner displacing 36,000 tonnes, the largest vessel regularly employed on the Britain-New Zealand run.She could accommodate 517 first-class passengers and large volumes of cargo.Four diesel engines gave her a maxium speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 19 knots.

    Commissioned as a troop ship in August 1940, by 1945 she had travelled 560,000 kilometres and carried nearly 90,000 service personnel.She was being refitted at Singapore in 1941 when the Japanese invaded, and escaped capture only through efforts of her engineering staff. She was broken up in Japan in 1962.

    (Taken from Scars in the Heart exhibition, Auckland War Memorial Museum) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 October 1998 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 6 October 1998 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 6 October 1998 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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