Huthwaite War Memorial Project


Albert Saunders

Albert Saunders

Private 36438 - Leicestershire Regiment
11th Battalion

Killed in action Flanders 17th April 1917 : Aged 23


Private Saunders is commemorated upon the Sutton-in-Ashfield memorial, but was born and raised in Huthwaite. With a brother and sister, Albert was a son of Josiah and Sarah living on Pit Road by 1891. In 1901 the family lived on Hucknall Lane, although both addresses may be the renamed Blackwell Road. The family did move to Morley Street, Sutton, prior 1911 census, where Albert was formerly engaged as a painter and decorator before becoming an agent for Pearl Assurance. Albert married Annie Blyth at St. Thomas Church, Kirkby on 11th April 1914. Having one daughter named Doris, they lived at 62 Priestsic Road, Sutton. Enlisting there April 1916 as Private 42587 in the Sherwood Foresters, he was trained at Cannock Chase, Staffs. before sent to France that December, transferred to Leicestershires Battalion.

Notts Free Press – 4th. May, 1917.

Private SaundersFormerly engaged as an assurance agent, Private Albert Saunders, of 62, Priestsic road, Sutton, joined the colours in April, 1916. In December he was sent to France, where he met his death on April 17th. He was 23 years of age, and leaves a wife and one child. From the officer of the deceased Mrs. Saunders has received the following letter:-
  "It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of your husband, who was killed in action late last night, the 17th April. He was working close to the first line when a shell bursting quite closely killed him instantly. Your husband proved himself an excellent soldier, and one of the many who went to make the 'New Armies' of which we are all so proud. He made many comrades in his Company, and they share my sorrow in his loss which his death has brought. His personal effects have been forwarded and will reach you in due course. Regulations forbid my saying where he is buried, but a cross has been erected, and the Graves Registration Unit will forward particulars in the near future. Assuring you of my sincere sympathy.- Richard B. Godfrey, 2nd. Lieutenant."
Notts. Free Press - In Memoriam - 11th May 1917
Saunders.- In Loving Memory of Private Albert Saunders, who was killed in Action on April 17th, 1917. All through life, there is a cross where sons of God yield up their breath; there is no gain, except by loss, there is no life, except by death. "He that findeth his life shall lose it, and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it."- From Father and Mother, Brother and Sister.

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Written 15 Feb 09 Revised 07 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott