SAUNDERS Ernest John

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Ernest John Saunders was one of 13 men from Rutland to die on the first day of the German Spring Offensive in March 1918, the bloodiest single day for the county. He was just 19 years old. Ernest was the son of Herbert and Mary Ann Saunders of Cemetery Road, Stamford and was employed as a footman at Empingham before the war. He enlisted in the 2/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 5 April 1916 and went out to France on 25 January 1918. He was posted as missing presumed dead on 21 March 1918. George Phillips wrote: "His parents received a letter of sympathy from His Majesty the King in gratitude for his sacrifice to the Cause of Freedom and Justice." He has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Bay 8. He is also remembered on Empingham's war memorial.

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  • Empingham Church
  • Empingham Memorial
  • Empingham plaque
  • Empingham memorial 2
  • Arras memorial
  • Arras memorial 9
  • E J Saunders

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A picture of his name on the memorial, taken 19 March 2016.
By John Stokes on Saturday 19th March '16 at 11:32pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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