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Samuel Jackson Hanna

Portrait of Lieutenant Samuel Jackson Hanna, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 3 / F1347 61. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant Samuel Jackson Hanna, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 3 / F1347 61. Image is …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Samuel Jackson AWMM
  • Surname
    Hanna AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sam AWMM
  • Service number
    • 5943 AWMM
    • 801059 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 January 1892 AWMM RemueraAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre Apr 1915 AWMM 9 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre Apr 1916 AWMM 24 Cotter Avenue, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Andrew Hanna (father), 9 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Freda Hanna (wife), 24 Cotter Avenue, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Machine Gun June- July 1915 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Pancreatic cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • His son records that his actual birth date is 21 January 1892

    Samuel Hanna and his friend Jack Macky left New Zealand in March 1915 travelling to England to join the Royal Navy. Sam joined Locker-Lampson's Number 15 Squadron Royal Naval Armoured Car Division in May, in the rank of Sub Lieutenant.

    He went to France in July 1915 being based near Dunkirk. The unit did several spells in the trenches before being withdrawn to England in November.

    In England the unit reformed into an Armoured Car Division for service in Russia, departing England in December 1915. From January 1916 Sam became involved in the administration of the unit as Assistant Adjutant of the Squadron and later Adjutant.

    Transcripts of his diaries have been deposited with the Imperial Museum (London); The Naval Museum (Devonport, New Zealand) and the Army Museum (Waiouru, New Zealand)
    The original diaries have been deposited with the Botherton Library, University of Leeds.

    While in Russia Sam suffered several bouts of ill health being invalided to England at one time. Despite this he continued to perform his duties and his ability and dedication resulted in the award of Distinguished Service Cross.

    When the unit withdrew from Russia Sam travelled to New Zealand via Vladivostok for leave. In January 1918 he was commissioned into the Army as adjutant of a Motor Machine Gun Corps for service in Persia (now Iraq). At the end of the war he returned to England to demobilise the unit.

    Awarded DSC in 1917, decorated at Buckingham Palace 8 May 1919

    His medals have been gifted to the Army Museum, Waiouru

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 October 1958 AWMM
    Age 66 AWMM
    RemueraAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Ashes scattered at Kings School, Remuera, Auckland AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald 18 October 1958 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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