Previous Service- 2+ years ” A ” Company 3rd Battalion Guildford WA
31/08/1915- Completed Medical Examination Geraldton WA
15/09/1915- To 29 Depot Blackboy Hill Camp WA as Private
22/09/1915- To Artillery Reinforcements as Gunner
26/09/1915- To 10th Reinforcements 8th Field Artillery Brigade Blackboy Hill
27/09/1915- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Hororata ” bound for Egypt
28/10/1915- Disembarked Alexandria ex Australia to Overseas Training Base Egypt
19/11/1915- Joined  8th FAB in the field Heliopolis Egypt
27/02/1916- Transferred to 21st Howitzer Brigade  4th Artillery Division Tel-el-Kebir Egypt
25/03/1916- Embarked Alexandria with British Expeditionary Forces bound for Marseilles France
1/04/1916- Disembarked Marseilles
15/05/1916- Transferred to 21st Field Artillery Brigade Headquarters in the field France
19/09/1916- Transferred to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance ( Attached to 21st FAB Headquarters )
3/01/1917– Admitted New Zealand Stationary Hospital Amiens  France ( Sick ) ex 8th Field Ambulance
8/01/1917- Evacuated/Admitted 3rd Australian General Hospital Brighton England ( Laryngitis ) ex 1st Division Artillery Details ex Rouen France
1/03/1917- Granted Leave England
17/03/1917- To No. 1 Command Depot Perham Downs England ex Leave
12/04/1917- To No. 3 Command Depot Hurdcott ex Perham Downs
14/05/1917- To RBAA Larkhill England
29/06/1917- To AAMC Ambulance Details ARDO  Borden England  Ex Larkhill
15/09/1917- Proceeded Overseas France ex Folkestone ex Borden
7/10/1917- To 59th Railway Company Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operations as Sapper in the field France
21/11/1917- To 15th Railway Company Australian Light Railways Operating Company and Detached to the 5th New Zealand LROC
19/02/1918- Admitted Hospital France ( Bronchitis ) ex 48th Field Ambulance ex 37th DRS
27/02/1918- Rejoined ALROC in the field France ex Sickness
23/07/1918- Transferred to 3rd Field Ambulance in the field France ex Australian General Base Depot
12/09/1918- Granted Leave England
1/10/1918- Rejoined 3rd Field Ambulance ex Leave
5/11/1918- Detached to Guard A. D. Dump in the field France
23/12/1918- Rejoined 3rd Field Ambulance in the field France ex Detachment
20/02/1919- Admitted 40th Stationary Hospital Harfleur France ( Pneumonia )
28/02/1919- Evacuated/Admitted University War Hospital Southampton England ( Seriously Ill )
1/03/1919- Died of Disease ( Pneumonia )- Died at University War Hospital Southampton.

AUTHORS NOTE

It is very sad to note that SANDERSON had completed Service in Belgium and was en-route to England for de-mobilization to Australia, when he took ill at Le Havre, France. He was transferred to Hospital at Harfleur, before evacuation to Southampton. He was admitted to the University Hospital suffering from acute Pneumonia and despite the best of treatment, succumbed to the Disease at 9.00pm on 1 March, 1919.

LETTER FROM HOSPITAL TO THE 3RD AUSTRALIAN FIELD AMBULANCE

On 18 April 1919, M.J. KERR, VAD for Matron, wrote” Re. Reginald SANDERSON- he was admitted to this Hospital in a dangerously ill condition on the last day of February. His relatives were immediately wired  for and his Uncle from London visited him. He wrote some letters after being admitted  and was quite conscious  until almost the end.  He appeared to suffer very little pain and died from Heart failure “.

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

1914/15 Star – Medal No. 6869

British War Medal – No. 20901

Victory Medal – No. 20824

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 355641.

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTION

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 183.