Private Vivian Percival Pederson, 5th South African Infantry, Underage Enlistment

Pederson enlisted at September 1916, stating he was 18, however according to his marriage certificates he was either 16 or a very young 17 at that point of time, meaning he lied about his date of birth to enlist whilst underage

 

 

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Pederson enlisted at September 1916, stating he was 18, however according to his marriage certificates he was either 16 or a very young 17 at that point of time, meaning he lied about his date of birth to enlist whilst underage. He embarked for Chinde Mozambique on the 24th of October, 1916. He was recorded as being in Songea in 31st of January, 1917, and in Ngaka in April 1917. He left 26th of July 1917 for the Union due to it seems poor health, and was certified unfit 8th of August 1917.

His first marriage 1925, to Mary Elizabeth Pickett ended divorce (he was a produce merchant at this time), his 2nd marriage was held in 1952 to Mary Bannatyne (he was a secretary at this time).

 

This pair is accompanied by digital copies of his service records, and other research.