Susan Buckland BANKS
(Later Susan Sherratt)

Serial Number: W4396
RNZAF Trade: Dental Assistant
Date of Enlistment: 1st of December 1942
Rank Achieved: W.A.L.
Flying Hours: Nil Known
Operational Sorties:

Date of Birth: 8th of June 1922, in Cambridge
Personal Details: The daughter of Joseph (Joe) Banks and Eleanor Mary Banks (nee Young). The Banks family was a well known family in Cambridge. She was named after her grandmother, Susan Banks (nee Buckland) who passed away four months before her birth.

She was involved with the Waikato Hunt Club in Cambridge as a sport, along with the rest of her family.

Susan married Peter Sherratt on the 14th of February 194?. They moved to Peter's remote family farm, Horoeka Station, at Tahunga, approximately 30 miles (50 kilometres) inland from Gisborne. There they had four children, Richard, Annabel (now Reynolds), Tim and Margot (now Kain).

Service Details: Susan enlisted at RNZAF Station Wigram, Christchirch, on the 1st of December 1942, with the initial rank of W.A.1.

Her nest posting was to RNZAF Station Ashburton.

Date of Death: 8th of July 1992, in Gisborne
Buried: Horoeka Station, Tahunga

Connection with Cambridge: Susan was born and grew up in Cambridge before joining the WAAF

Thanks To: Margot Kain, Susan's daughter, for providing details for this page. Also thanks to the late Betty Rowe for remembering Susan's married name; and Errol Martyn for his assistance.

Sources: Waikato Times, 22nd Dec 1943.


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