Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Pozieres Memorial
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s
John Sanders was born in 1886 in Bramley the ninth of ten children of John and Martha, nee Craven.By 1911 John and Martha had moved to 60 Institute Road in Eccleshill and John at 61 years of age described himself as a pensioned boiler riveter. Only their youngest child Willie was still living at home.The fact that John jnr enlisted on the 9th of September 1914 as LCpl 12248 in the 10th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment, suggests he may have been werving as a soldier at the time of the 1911 census.
His Battalion landed in Le Havre at the end of August 1915 but did not take part in any battle until the Battles of the Somme on the 1st July 1916. The 23rd Division were heavily involved from day one and he fought in the Battle of Albert 1st to 13th July when his division captured Contalmaison on the 9th of July. There followed the Battle of Bazentin Ridge from the 14th to 17th of July and finally for John the Battle of Pozieres from the 23rd July to the 3rd September.
John went missing on or near the 30th of July when death was presumed. He was 30 years of age.He is remembered at the Pozieres British Cemetery and Memorial in memory of the men who fought on the Somme battlefields and who have no known grave.John left his effects to his father John who received £8.17.11d on the 14th of August 1917 and a War Gratuity of £8.10.0d on the 14th of October 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks