Saunders, B C
BERTRAM CHARLES SAUNDERS
Remembered with honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial: Panel 54 and 56.
He enlisted 7 September 1914 in Hertford for the Duration of the War: a shop assistant aged 20, 5’8″ tall, C of E. He served at Home 7 September 1914 to 20 January 1915, and in France 21 January 1915 to 4 October 1916. Was made provisional Lance-Corporal in the Field 31 July 1916. He was on trench patrol 1 October 1916 in Auchon Villers when wounded and sent to Western General Hospital, Manchester, from 5 October to 2 November 1916. Was tried by Court Martial 9 January 1917 and sentenced to six months detention [tho’ his record doesn’t say why], but was released 5 March 1917 prior to proceeding overseas 15 March 1917. He was formerly Private 2833 Hertfordshire Regiment; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 21 January 1915, and was killed in action, regarded for official purposes as having died on or since 31 July 1917.
There is an In Memoriam to Bertram in the West Herta and Watford Observer dated 2 August 1919.
Son of Walter and Amy (nee SHERFIELD) SAUNDERS of Watford.
His parents married 1889 in the Watford district. Walter died 27 August 1948 in St Alban’s, Herts, aged 82, and was buried 2 September in North Watford Cemetery; Amy died 22 November 1952 in Bricket Wood, Herts, aged 88, and was buried 28 November, also in North Watford Cemetery.
Bertram was born 24 October 1893 in Watford, and baptised 17 December 1893 at St Mary’s, Watford. He resided in Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 7 he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1911 Census, an oil and colour shop assistant aged 17, he still lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings.
Date of deathon or since 31/07/1917
Age at death23
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)