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Sandford, Augustus Henry (1859–1923)

The death occurred suddenly yesterday afternoon, at his residence, Hazel Flats, Bondi, from cerebral hemorrhage, of Brigadier General Augustus Henry Sandford, R.A.G.A. He was for over 30 years a racmbor of the Australian permanent forces, and was laer in charge of the army of occupation at Rabaul.

When war was declared in 1914, he offered for foreign service: the Minister of Defence thanked him for his offer, but the permission to go abroad was withheld at that time General Sandford was stationed at Queenscliff, in command of the Victorian Defence Forces. In 1915 he was sent to Adelaide as commandant for South Australia. In 1916 he was transferred to Sydney in charge of the New South Wales Defence Forces, and was subsequently Assistant Adjutant-General until his retirement in 1918. After being gazetted out of the permanent force, he rejoined as a member of the A.I.f., and was sent to Rabaul in charge of the army of occupation that year but in June, 1919, he was invalided out of the A.I.F. owing to an attack of dysentry. He is survived by a widow, two sons, Captain Horace Sandford, who received the Belgian C. de G., and who was attached to the 21st Battalion, 2nd Division, and Major Sandford, D.S.O., of the A.F.A. and the A.I.F., who enlisted on the declaration of war in 1914, and was with the forces until after the armistice, and two daughters. One of the daughters is the wife of Lt. Arthur Pearce Foster, R.N. The other daughter is unmarried.

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