Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
27 Feb 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Gunner Horace Clark Sanders, 800520, 255th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds received while in action in France in 1917. The date of his death is most generally recorded as February 27th, although some military records say March 2nd, and the family memorial at Luton General Cemetery says died of wounds received in action February 26th, 1917.
In a letter to parents Edwin and Lizzie Sanders, of 20 Cardigan Street, Luton, Major T. Davidson, R.F.A., wrote that their son was wounded by a rifle bullet while working in the trenches on February 23rd. He was carried to the nearest aid post, where his wound was not thought to be serious. All were surprised to hear some days later that he had died.
The Major said the reason it had taken so long for him to get information was that Gunner Sanders was attached to another division at the time. He had been buried in a soldiers' cemetery.
Gunner Sanders had been one of the early volunteers after the outbreak of war. He joined the Colours in September 1914 and went out to France the following March.
Prior to enlistment the Chapel Street School old boy had worked first at Hayward Tyler's and later at the Skefko Works. In the 1911 Census he was described as an engineer's apprentice. He was also a regular attender at Mount Tabor Chapel.