Chatteris WW1 Soldier Ernest Belshaw Saunders 23488. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Name Lance Corporal Ernest Belshaw Saunders 7th Bn Suffolk regiment 23488 Died on the 10th of April 1917 Ernest was the youngest son in his family and in 1911 he was 16 years old, he was in about 1895. In 1911 the family lived at Willey farm and Ernest worked on the farm. Ernest enlisted in Chatteris and joined the 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Ernest was killed in action on 10th April 1917. A letter in the Cambs Times, May 4th 1917 describes when he died: “Your son Ernie was my best mate ever since we had been out in France and it was his wish that if anything should happen to him I should write and let you know. Well I am sorry to tell you that poor Ernie was killed in action on Easter Monday. I did not see him till next morning. We were like brothers and, like me, I know you will be very upset. I deeply sympathise with you at the loos of your brave son. Yours CF Moss. “ At the time the 7th Suffolks were involved in the 1st Battle of the Scarpe near Arras. They were ultimately successful in capturing the German positions but Ernest was amongst the casualties. Ernest had been at the front for 10 months at the time he died. His body was never found and he is remembered on Arras Memorial. Ernest was awarded the Victory and British Medals. At the end of the war his parents lived at 27 South Park St. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • Medal Card • Soldiers Died • 1911 census • Cambs Times May 4th 1917 • Extract from the History of the Suffolk Rgt
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