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NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby Mick Loney » Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:46 pm

In 1911, a Mr Sedgwick arranged a scheme whereby boys from London and Liverpool were sent to New Zealand. One of these boys was my nan’s brother Henry (Harry) Sellers/Sellars (1892-1968). I know he did well in NZ, but I’m interested if anyone has information about the ‘Sedgwick’ scheme, or even Harry himself, who served with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment during WW1. Harry died in Napier, Hawkes Bay.
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby woodchal » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:23 am

I'm sure you've seen this but just in case...

https://www.sooty.nz/1911sedgwickboys.html
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby Mick Loney » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:16 am

Thanks woodchai, but as you say I must have seen this site at some point during my research, as many of my facts about Harry are mirrored there.
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby MoVidger » Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:37 pm

On FMP (no image, though):

New Zealand Electoral Rolls
First name(s) Harry
Last name Sellars
Electoral year 1925
Number 8279
Occupation/status Storeman
Residence 104 Marine Parade
Electorate Napier

New Zealand WW1 Soldiers
First name(s) Harry
Last name Sellers
Regimental number 6/861
Rank Private
Unit or regiment Canterbury Infantry Batln
Marital status S
Last address C/- C J Richfield Duvauchelle Bay
Next of kin title Harry
Next of kin surname SELLERS
Next of kin address 6 Silverton Court Pennyfields Poplar London E
Body or draft Main Body
Country New Zealand
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby MoVidger » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:08 pm

On Ancestry, there's a 1919 Electoral Roll record for a Henry Sellars, farm labourer. Address is c/o of Mrs Theakstone, Roslyn Road, Napier, Hawke's Bay.

New Zealand, Army WWI Casualty Lists, 1914-1919
Name: H Sellers
Date Reported: 8 Oct 1916
Regimental Number: 6/861

Details of his wound not indicated in the Ancestry image.
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby Mick Loney » Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:46 pm

Thanks movidger, another piece of the puzzle. His two sons Jack & Dennis were born 1930-31, but I have no record of his marriage. I knew about his sons from correspondence between Harry and my father, who had thoughts about joining him in NZ. I’ll follow up on my return to UK, as I am in NZ at present on holiday, which is what prompted the post :D
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby Templ4r » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:44 pm

He was at Gallipoli with the ANZACs where he was wounded and taken back to a hospital in Oxford then France where he was wounded again..

Brave man.
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby MoVidger » Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:33 pm

Mick - what was his wife's name? His WW1 service records can be found on Ancestry in the New Zealand, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920 collection.

Also, Ancestry have these Electoral Roll addresses for him:

1938-1957: 222 Hastings Street, Napier (storeman, grocer)
1963: 6 Outram Street, Napier (retired)
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby Templ4r » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:13 pm

If you look at the WW1 records, when you get to "new file" carry on, some more have been mixed with an L G Sellers.

Says the first wound was shot in the fingers.

There is a 1968 Notification of Death, but gives Next of Kin as Mrs B C Cresswell, 149 Wellesley Rd, Napier.
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Re: NZ imigration - Sedgwick Boys

Postby Mick Loney » Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:53 am

Thanks everyone. It looks like I have some new ‘To Do’s’ to sort out when I get back :D
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