Monday, December 20, 2010

Private Richard Saunders - 139176

I think that this might be Richard Pearson Saunders.  According to his first set of attestation papers dated August 2, 1915 at Toronto, was born on December 5, 1884 in Carlisle, Cumberland, England.  He listed his father, Frank Saunders, 50 Kendal Street, Carlisle as his next of kin.  He was a carpenter and was an active member of the 9th Mississauga Horse.  He was 30 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 inches high.  He had brown eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.  The second set of attestation papers do not seem to belong to him as the regimental number, birth place and date are not correct.

He was a member of the 75th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on June 8, 1917.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed in action during an attack west of Avion.

He is listed as the son of Frank and Jane Saunders, of 50 Kendal St., Carlisle, England.  He is buried in the Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville-St. Vaast, Pas de Calais, France.  The cemetery is located in the Vimy Ridge Memorial Park.

  courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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