Samuel Haami Savage (1894 - 1917)

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Birthplace: Tairua, Auckland, New Zealand
Death: Died in Belgium
Cause of death: Killed in Action
Managed by: Barbara-Ann Bradley
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wife Rhoda Savage

Hi Greg,

I think you’re correct that ‘Mrs M. Lennan’ is Sam Savage’s mother. There was a wedding recorded in NZ in 1912: Janet BLACK (assume this was Janet’s maiden name) married Michael Lennan.

It seems Sam Savage got married during the war. This happened in London in 1917 (Samuel Savage married Rhoda CLARK). The marriage is registered in the district of Edmonton (north London). Sam's wife's address is given as 169 Archway Road, Highgate, which is the correct district for this registration. He was in England recovering from wounds and on furlough from 29 July 1916 until 20 June 1917, when he returned to France. He then returned to England on a two-week furlough from 6 - 21 Aug 1917, which is probably when he married Rhoda Clark. Evidently the family in NZ never knew about this marriage.

I don't believe there are 'two mothers' here. M. A. Savage, of Western Australia, has likely seen notification of the wounding of 'Samuel Savage' in the Australian newspapers, and, as she has not heard from her son (Samuel Harold Miller Savage, better known as 'Sam') for some time, and does not know whether or not he has enlisted, is anxious to know whether it is in fact her son the report is referring to.

The other woman who writes and who always identifies herself only as 'Mrs Newbold' is probably a relative such as a sister.

Janet Lennan died in NZ in 1953.



Samuel Savage's Timeline

July 1, 1894
Auckland, New Zealand
July 25, 1916
Age 22

Admitted to the 13th Stationary Hospital suffering from gunshot wound jaw severe

October 4, 1917
Age 23

Wounded and missing in action.