No. 32696, Border Regiment, transferred to
No. 51448, 1st/10th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Died of wounds on Monday 29 October 1917 (aged 24)
Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France (Grave II. C. 10)
Donaghadee and District War Memorial
Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church
Family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard
In some records his surname is spelt Sanders.
Robert Saunders was born on 25 January 1893 in Back Street, Donaghadee and he was the eldest son of William and Maggie Saunders (nee Kerr) who were married on 6 September 1892 in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church. William Saunders from Donaghadee was a son of James Saunders, a butcher. Maggie Kerr from Donaghadee was a daughter of David Kerr, a labourer.
The Saunders family lived in Back Street and at 40 Manor Street, Donaghadee.
William Saunders worked as a carter and general labourer, Maggie worked as a muslin sewer and they had at least seven children:
Robert (born 25 January 1893 in Back Street, Donaghadee)
David (born 29 March 1895 in Back Street, Donaghadee)
William (Willie, born 20 May 1897 in Back Street, Donaghadee)
Mary (born 6 February 1900 in Back Street, Donaghadee)
Agnes (born 9 March 1902 in Back Street, Donaghadee)
Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 1 July 1904 in Back Street, Donaghadee)
Sarah (born 12 October 1908 in Manor Street, Donaghadee)
Robert Saunders was baptised in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.
Robert’s mother, Maggie Saunders, died of tuberculosis on 23 March 1910 (aged 41).
Robert’s father, William Saunders, died of bronchitis on 17 May 1915 (aged 46).
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Robert Saunders worked as a railway porter in Donaghadee. He enlisted in Wigton, Cumberland and served with the Border Regiment (No. 32696) before being transferred to the 1st/10th Battalion Manchester Regiment (No. 51448).
Private Robert Saunders was 24 when he died of wounds on 29 October 1917 and he was buried in Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France.
Private Robert Saunders is commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial; in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church; on the family grave headstone in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard.