Sapper Leonard William Saunders (471720)

497th (1/3rd Kent) Field Company, Royal Engineers, 9th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St Peter Cowleigh,

Burial/Commemoration: Canada Farm Cemetery, Elverdinghe

Nature of Death: Died of wounds Flanders 11/7/1917

Age: 28

Next of Kin: Son of Theresa Eleanor Saunders of 1 Park Hill Villa, West Malvern Road and the late Charles Saunders

Leonard Saunders enlisted Ferryhill, Co Durham into one of the Territorial Durham Fortress Companies, Royal Engineers and gave his address as Spennymoor, Co Durham. By the time of his death, he had been posted to the 1/3rd Kent Field Company, or 497th Field Company as it was then known. Originally this unit had been part of the Home Counties Division, but with its break up, the Field Companies were dispersed and 497th Field Coy went to the 9th Division.

He was killed only a few weeks after his brother, Harold Saunders of the Worcestershire Regiment.

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