1. Memorial:Five Points Cemetery, LechelleD 6
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.134
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour23B GQS

Awards & Titles:

Companion of The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael & St. George
Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Legionne d'Honneur

Family :

Born on 20 Jan 1877 and baptised on 11 Feb 1977 in Azamgurh, Bengal, India son of Richard Careless Sanders (late Indian Medical Service) and Margaret Cramer (Springett) Sanders later of "Holmbush", Barcombe, Lewes, Sussex.

Education & Career :

Educated at Haileybury College 1891-93

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Cdg. 50th Inf. Brigade 17th Div. 

Action : The Battles of the Hindenburg Line and associated actions 

12 September - 12 October 1918. As the momentum of the British advance continued it was clear that the Hindenburg Line defences offered the greatest threat to further advances. It was highly likely that the magnificently engineered defence system would re-establish the status quo of static trench warfare. However a series of magnificent actions at Havrincourt and Epehy paved the way for dramatic crossings of the Canal du Nord and the St Quentin Canal by early October. Both canals had been integrated into the Hindenburg Line system and their capture effectively broke the defensive capability of the system. Soon afterwards the British were attacking at Cambrai (again) and then by mid October were pursuing the Germans to the River Selle.

Entering the Army, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 18 January 1897.

Advanced to Lieutenant in January 1900 and Captain in January 1906, he served on the North West Frontier of India during 1908.

Serving in the Great War, he was promoted to Major in October 1914 and received the brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1915.

Promoted to Brigadier-General, on 9 September 1918 he took over command of the 50th Brigade of the 17th (Northern) Division in France.

Detail :

Commanding his brigade in the advance from the Canal du Nord to the Selle, Brigadier-General Sanders was killed in action on 20 September 1918. In the early morning he had gone up to inspect the front about the Quentin Redoubt.

After daylight he was returning to his Brigade H.Q. and as he crossed the railway, he was caught in machine-gun fire from Gouzeaucourt and killed on the spot.

He was buried in the Five Points Cemetery, Lechelle, Pas de Calais, France.

Citations & Commemorations :

  For his service as a General Staff Officer he was awarded the D.S.O. and the French Legion of Honour.

After his death the London Gazette announced the award of a Bar to his D.S.O. for service as a Lieutenant-Colonel with the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Beauchamp No. 1422 E.C.West Kent
Joined : Stewart No. 1960 E.C. Punjab


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