Badge Number: 4476, Sub Branch: Prospect

SANDERCOCK , Oswald Keith

Service Numbers: 3593, R3593A, 3593A
Enlisted: 31 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kadina , South Australia , December 1895
Home Town: Welland, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shop Assistant
Memorials: Kadina Memorial High School WW1 Honour Roll, Prospect Roll of Honour G-Z WWI Board, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

31 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 10th Infantry Battalion
12 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3593, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
12 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3593, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, R3593A, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Berrima embarkation_ship_number: A35 public_note: ''
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, R3593A, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Adelaide
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3593, 10th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, GSW right arm, left shoulder, left leg.
1 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3593A, 10th Infantry Battalion
18 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3593A, 10th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", GSW left side

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Born: Near the town of Wallaroo in December of 1895

Address: 22 Percy St prospect

Height: 5 foot 2 inches (1.57m)

Weight: 125 pounds

Complexion: fair

Eye Colour: Blue

Hair colour: Brown

Occupation: Shop Assistant

Date registered: He was registered on the 31st of August 1915 age at the Adelaide recruitment centre at only the age of 19 years and 9 months.

Service number: 3593

Battalion: 10th & 27th Battalion



Family members:

Mother- Emma Sophia Sandercock


Life before the war:

Before the war began, he was a single man that lived at a small home with his mother near Arlington terrace in South Australia, and he worked as a shop assistant in a nearby store.

He didn’t have much experience with war but did serve in the Militia for around 2 years before enlisting.

His role in the war

After enlisting in August 1915, Sandercock was required to train for several months in Adelaide at the Mitcham training facilities practicing his rifle skills, first aid/survival knowledge and to work on his endurance. He embarked on the HMAT A35 Borda on the 11/1/1916 to fight against the Germans at the western front in France. But he didn't get there initially: in Egypt he was diagnosed with a hernia and, after some months in hospital, was sent back to Australia on 24/6/1916 for an operation. He arrived in Melbounre on 22/7/16.

It is unclear whether the operation was successful but Sandercock was recalled to duty on 16/11/1916. He embarked from Adelaide on 16/12/1916 on the A35 Berrima and arrived in Britain in February 1917. He eventually reached the 10th Battalion in France on 28/5/1917. He was then wounded in action at Polygon Wood on 20/9/1917 and sent to England with wounds to his right arm, left shoulder and left leg. He moved between hospitals in England over the winter and returned to his unit on 12/2/1918. Only a few weeks later he was wounded for the second time on 1/3/1918 (it is unclear how) and was away again until June. He was wounded on the third occasion on 18/9/1918 (a GSW to the left side) and rejoined his unit on 29/10/1918, just before the war's end.

Life after war:

After the war ended Oswald Keith returned back to Australia in May 1919: alive but with a few wounds from service. He continued to live with his mum and work as a shop Assistant at a nearby store. He appears to have been active in the Kadina community until the late 1920s and moved to Mudgee NSW before 1933, where he was sworn in as a JP.

 The Anzac spirit

Anzac stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army corps.

If you talk to past or present Anzac soldiers some qualities, they talk about their piers having is qualities include endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour.

Oswald Keith Sandercock show the Anzac spirit by serving for his country and not cowering out, considering he was under the age of 21 he still was willing to fight for age which proves his strength and spirit.

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