The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private W T Saunders


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Private William Thomas SAUNDERS, 6336107, 2nd Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  died at King George V Hospital, Dublin, from wounds on 16th June 1921.

1902, Isleworth, Middlesex, son of *George William & Martha Hannah Saunders. * April 1910, Brentford Registration District, died age 43.

1911 Census - 9 Queens Terrace, Isleworth, Middlesex - Martha Hannah Saunders, head, age 38, widow, married 15 years, 10 children, 6 still alive, charwoman, worker, born Meppershall, Bedfordshire; Emily Rose Saunders, daughter, age 14, domestic, home, born Isleworth, Middlesex; Charles Richard Saunders, son, age 12, school, born Isleworth, Middlesex; William Thomas Saunders, son, age 9, school, born Isleworth, Middlesex; Mary Elizabeth Saunders, daughter, age 7, school, born Isleworth, Middlesex; Harold Fredrick Saunders, son, age 3, born Isleworth, Middlesex; Alice Maud Saunders, daughter, age 1, born Isleworth, Middlesex.

10th June 1919, enlisted Hounslow; posted Dublin.

17th June 1921, Court of Inquiry, King George V Hospital, Dublin - 6336090 Sgt. Charles Grest, 2nd R.West Kent Regt., being duly sworn is examined by the Court & states:- "I identify the body which has been viewed by the Court as that of Private William Saunders 2nd R.West Kent Regt., On the 16th June 1921 at about 06.30 hours Pte. Saunders was travelling in the same van on a troop train as myself. Just before we reached a cutting I was leaning out of the window & I saw a man & woman in a Street running into a house. Immediately afterwards I saw some civilians throw some bombs at the train from behind a wall near the side of the line. I think half a dozen bombs were thrown. Some of them exploded on the line opposite the door of my carriage. Some of the pieces penetrated the side of the van. One of them hit me in the leg. I looked round & found deceased lying on top of L/Sgt Longhurst. He had been hit in the head. We dressed his wound. He was standing just behind me. The van contained stores & Pte. Saunders was one of the guard. I heard some shots fired immediately after the bombs were thrown."

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Buried at Isleworth Cemetery, R. CA. 65., Middlesex.

NOTE: Not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War; only shown on CWGC web site. 

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