Gordon Sanderson was a pupil at Oakham School between 1900 and 1903 and was the son of William and Alice Sanderson of Field House, Settle, Yorkshire. Born in Scarborough, he was married to Agnes Cowie who came from Edinburgh. Gordon became an architect working firstly at the Public Works Department in Egypt before moving to India. There he led the Archaeological Survey of India and is credited with cataloguing and preserving some of Delhi's historic monuments. When the First World War began Gordon became a Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion King Edward's Own Gurkha Rifles in charge of the machine gun company. He was killed in the Battle of Loos on 13 October 1915, as the Meerut Division mounted a diversionary attack during the fighting for the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He was 28. Gordon was mentioned in the War Diary on two occasions. 2 September 1915: "Two machine guns, under Lieutenant Sanderson, are with the battalion." 1 October 1915: "Lieutenant G Sanderson was hit in the head by a fragment of shell and rendered unconscious. He was looking through a periscope at the time near one of his guns. He has since died of his wounds. His loss to the Battalion will be deeply felt. We had no keener officer and he was never content unless he was strafing." Gordon is buried in Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, grave I.E.11. and is remembered in Oakham School Chapel. There is also a sundial erected to honour his work with the Archaeological Survey of India at the Qutub Minar complex in Delhi.
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