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.
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Edwin and Ellen Sanders
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