Lieutenant Charles Saunders

Charles Saunders was born in Lowestoft in 1888. When war broke out, he was working for the Beccles branch of Barclays Bank. He enlisted in the Scots Greys before being commissioned into the 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Leeds Pals).  Before his battalion went ‘over the top’ on 1st July 1916, he wrote a last letter home to his wife, which can be to listened to below...

Charles Saunders’ battalion left the trenches opposite Serre to be met by a hail of bullets and artillery shells. Within minutes, 24 officers and over 500 other ranks had been killed or wounded. Saunders fell in action, but his body was never identified.  Today, he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

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