Service no. 9254
Private, Royal Fusiliers, 9th Battalion
Born in Shoreditch; enlisted in London; lived in Stockwell
Died on 7 July 1916, aged 20
CWGC: “Son of Henry and Georgina Louisa Saunders, of 26, Viaduct Buildings, Charterhouse St., Holborn, London”
Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Information from the 1911 census
This identification is somewhat tentative, as the Henry/Harry Saunders detailed here was not living in Stockwell at the time of the census. However, it fits the known information in key points: date and place of birth, names of parents.
A Harry Saunders, then aged 15 and working as a vanboy. He lived with his parents, Henry Saunders, 48, a blacksmith from St Mary’s Redcliffe, Bristol, and Georgina Saunders, 50, from St Luke’s, east London. Harry had three surviving siblings (five having died): May Saunders, 20, a silversmith’s polisher, born in St Mary’s Haggerston, east London; Daisy Saunders, 16, a sewing machinist, born in Walworth; and James Saunders, 13, also born in St Mary’s Haggerston. The family lived at 6 Howley Place, Lambeth, where they had four rooms. The Haggerston area of east London adjoins Shoreditch.