Melvin George Sands – died 5 December 1951
Charlotte Mary Sands – died 16 December 1971

The Southland Times 7th December 1951
Sands – (suddenly), at Roxburgh, on Wednesday, December 5, 1951, Gnr. 17718 Melvin George Sands, 2nd N.Z.E.F., loved husband of Mary Sands and loved father of Keith and Murray, aged 43 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, 36 McDougal Street, Bluff, at the conclusion of a service commencing at 3.30 p.m. on Friday, 7th inst., for the Bluff Cemetery – Beaton and Lindqvist, Funeral Directors

The Southland Times 20th Dec 1971
Sands Charlotte Mary – (Suddenly) at Hastings, on December 16, loved wife of the late George Melville? Sands and loved mother of Keith, 22 Tanner Street, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay and the late Murray, loved Nan of Peter, Margaret, Murray, Chistopher, Alistair, Catherine and Hamish and great-grandmother of Tristan. A service will be held in St Matthews Anglican Church, Bluff, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 22, the funeral leaving at the conclusion for the Bluff Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations to the Heart Foundation may be left at the service. – Beaton & Lindqvist, Funeral Directors

This family tree gives details of the two children.

Probate Record shows Melvin George Sands, Place: Bluff, Occ: Taxi Prop, Court: Invercargill, Archives Reference: DAFG 9069 D328 2/52, Probate No: 2/52, Date Filed: 15/1/1952, Type: Will, Archives NZ, Dunedin