Post by lynroberts51 on Aug 15, 2017 21:09:00 GMT 12
Sanderson family of Great Barrier Island, had 4 sons who served during WW1, and 2 grandsons who served during WW2, only One of them came home, my father. Eliza Jane Bailey married Benjamin Sanderson, and lived her life on the Great Barrier excepting post WW1 when she lived with her daughter at Pt Chevalier in Auckland. Eliza Jane finally passed just after the end of WW2 in Europe. William, Robert and Benjamin perished in France and Belgium. WW1. What I find interesting is John Sanderson's WW1- 40643, file on archwayarchives.nz, page 26, usually when describing movements of troops, have looked at other files, not related, withdrawn, posted to, but his file has "IT IS DESIRED" when they are posting him from france, back to England, but already on leave in England, with a memo file number. this note cames from NZEF HQ, but I cannot find who would be able to use in an army file in time of war "it is desired", just seems unusual to me. Would appreciate any comments, and or if anyone else has seen these words on any other file.
If the date of the posting was after the loss of his brothers, then it could be that some empathy was being shown for the family, having already lost three of its boys. Just a thought, as I am aware it has happened in other cases.