PPA Sanders, Edgar Clarence

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Sanders
  • FORENAME
Edgar Clarence
  • UNIT
PPA R Patrol
  • RANK
Sergeant
  • NUMBER
598
  • AWARD
Military Medal
  • PLACE
North Africa with LRDG 1941 (rank Gunner)
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit 34 Anti Tank Battery,2 NZEF (also served LRDG)
born 29.12.1915 Christchurch,New Zealand
resided 36 Cecil Street,Christchurch,New Zealand
elisted 26.10.1939 Aldershot
seaman in civilian life
joined PPA May 1943 from LRDG (T Patrol)
died 5.1.1987 New Zealand
"A great and likeable character.Hardly to be described as the best dressed man in town" (Popski)
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Citation
Military Medal : (With LRDG) Gunner Sanders joined the L.R.P. when it was formed in July 1940 and has been with the unit ever since. In 1940 at GEBEL AUWEINAT, his gunnery was of such quality that his patrol was able to carry out a successful raid. In this raid he salvaged petrol stores under heavy bombing from the air, thereby setting a fine example of devotion to duty. At MURZUK his gunnery again played an important part in the successful attack upon the aerodrome, whilst under fire from enemy machine gun positions. At MERSA BREGA last December he was one of the patrol which drove 10 miles on the main road from the West into the town, and took part in a fight at close range. On this occasion he again showed his coolness and courage. On his next patrol, two weeks later, his truck was blown to pieces by German dive bombers, and he was one of the party which walked 200 miles across the desert to the units base. At all times he has shown coolness, bravery and devotion to duty in action.
Web Links
https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/sanders-edgar.58007/
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7359281
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