Sixtus, Mr

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Sixtus, Mr. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 92799

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Why would it "most probably" be Bertram? Why not his brother Leslie? When they enlisted, Bert was aged 32 years and Leslie aged 26 years. I believe they are the only 2 who actually served overseas, while several other Sixtus boys enlisted and went to camp but never left NZ.

- Beth Wagstaff

Posted on 09-10-2018 22:39:30

(Most probably): Private Bertrano Emil SIXTUS (1884-1960). NZEF Service # 48284 : Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 12th (Nelson) Company, 26th Reinforcements, NZEF. Born 6 October 1884 - at Nelson. Bertrano was the son of Frederick G. & Sarah Sixtus - of Umutai, Apiti, Manawatu Region. Brother of Private Leslie Vaughan SIXTUS (born 1892 at Halcombe); NZEF Service 48285 : Otago Infantry Regiment, 14th Company, 26th Reinforcements, NZEF. Bertrano and his brother Leslie enlisted together for war service on the same day - 5 March 1917 - at (most probably) Palmerston North, Manawatu. On enlistment day the brothers were issued with consecutive NZEF service numbers : Bertrano # 48284 & Leslie # 48285. On 9 June 1917 the Sixtus brothers embarked together from New Zealand for overseas war service - aboard HMNZ Transport Ship 'Willochra'. Private Bertrano - and Private Leslie - Sixtus both served at France & Belgium (1917-1918). At France & Belgium Private Bertrano Sixtus served with the 12th (Nelson) Company of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, NZEF- and his brother Private Leslie Sixtus served with the 14th Company of the Otago Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, NZEF. On 5 April 1918 - at the Somme, Armentieres, France - Private Leslie Sixtus was wounded in action and he was medically evacuated from France to England. On 19 December 1918 the Sixtus brothers embarked together from England - aboard SS 'Oxfordshire' - and they both returned home to New Zealand. Both Sixtus brothers were discharged from the NZEF - on the same day - 2 February 1919 at New Zealand. Bertrano E. Sixtus died - 16 September 1960 - at Ashhurst, Manawatu Region. For the full military record of Private Bertrano - and his brother Private Leslie - Sixtus refer to New Zealand Online Cenotaph : www.aucklandmuseum.com

- Jenifer Lemaire

Posted on 16-07-2017 03:02:29