Sarsfield (Rod) ANDREWS


ANDREWS, Sarsfield

Service Number: 4132
Enlisted: 17 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 15 March 1882
Home Town: Rendelsham, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Rendelsham Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 27 September 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried in an unmarked grave near Westhoek
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Rendelsham War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4132, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4132, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4132, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
27 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4132, 50th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Sarsfield ANDREWS was born on 15th March, 1882 in Mount Gambier (the SA births states a place called The Sandpits)

His parents were Joseph BROOKS and Elizabeth ANDREWS - His foster father was William George ANDREWS

He enlisted on 17th August 1915 with the Australian Army - he was with the 10th Battalion, 13th reinforcements - unit embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT Borda on 11th January, 1916

In  late February 1916 he was transferred to the 50th Battalion which relocated to the Western Front in early June.  He was hospitalised on 3 occasions with influenza related illnesses

Sarsfield was Killed in Action in the Field on 27th September, 1917 at Zomebeke, Belgium - He was buried in an unmarked grave near Westhoek near Zomebeke and is honoured on the Ypres (Menin Gate Memorial, The Australian War Memorial & the Rendelsham War Memorial in South Australia - he was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal. 


The Chronicle, Adelaide - 3rd November, 1917


Mr. & Mrs. Andrews of Rendelsham have been notified that their son, Private Sarsfield (Rod) Andrews was killed on September 27. He is the first of the Rendelsham boys to lose his life.  He enlisted in August 1915 and sailed for Egypt in January, 1916. He left for France in June 1916.  He was just over 35 years old and was educated at the Rendelsham Public School. He spent nearly all his life in the South East. He was a great favourite with young and old.  A brother, Private Alf. Andrews is still at the front.