Sergeant Charles William Sanders

Sergeant Charles William Sanders

Thank you to Bernice Forsyth and Mary Day from Capel Local History Group for allowing Dorking Museum to publish their research.

Charles was born in Merton to Edwin and Ellen Sanders. At the time of 1901 census the family are living in Charlwood.

Charles enlisted in Winchester into the 13th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. He gave his residence as Dorking.

Charles was killed in action on the 12th of September, 1918. He is buried in the Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery in France. Charles was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal posthumously.

London Gazette 15 November, 1918:

Charles William Sanders, DCM

For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership.

He took command of his platoon during an advance when his platoon commander became a casualty and led it to the objective. When one of the flanks became exposed owing to the troops on the left being held up, he carried out a valuable reconnaissance under heavy fire. He set a splendid example of initiative to his men.

Born                             Merton
Lived                            Dorking, Surrey

Son of                          Edwin and Ellen Sanders

Enlisted                        Winchester

Regiment                     13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Service Number           S/24207

Date of Death              12th September 1918
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death            Killed in Action

Cemetery                    Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villiers-Plouich, France