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FATALITY on SOMES ISLAND - 1918

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JAMES SAUNDERSON aka SANDERSON (1877-1918)
was born in Scotland. He served in WWI as Private (newspaper article says Sergeant) 23882 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 13th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company. He embarked from Wellington 27 May 1916 and listed his next of kin as his friend Miss Graham, Moss Lea Hill, Liverpool, England

2 years later, this article appeared in the newspaper:
Evening Post, 1 November 1918
FATALITY ON SOMES ISLAND
... The death occurred early this morning of Sergeant James SAUNDERSON, a member of the guard on Somes Island, under circumstances which will necessitate the holding of an inquest. A report furnished to the police states that at 1.15 a.m., Saunderson, who was a returned soldier, was relieved of duty by another member of the guard (Lance-Corporal BROWN). Fifteen minutes later, Brown heard the report of a firearm from the direction of the guard room, and on entering the building he found Saunderson lying on his back, with a service revolver in his hand and a bullet in his head. Saunderson was quite dead.
So far as can be ascertained, the deceased had no relatives in New Zealand. He left a note bidding farewell to Major MATHESON and the staff, and naming Mr James MOORE, the Seamen's Missioner, as his next of kin. He was a single man, 49 years and 8 months old, and left New Zealand with the 13th Reinforcements

According to the top link he was buried in Grave A. 8. (S) at Karori Cemetery but his name is not recorded on Wellington Cemeteries database

PHOTO
GRAVE of JAMES SANDISON/SAUNDERSON at Karori
photo provided by Paul Baker and 'borrowed' from the Cenotaph Site

Surnames: BROWN GRAHAM MATHESON MOORE SANDERSON SAUNDERSON
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