Born: 1894, Ipswich.
Missing on or since: 30th November 1917; age 23; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 40990
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Formerly 2441, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
1901 295, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
George was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
George Alfred Saunders, 30, a Baker & Grocer, born Ipswich.
Anne Saunders (nee Mason), 26, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Lilian Anne Saunders, 6, born Ipswich.
Percy Chandler Saunders, 4, born Ipswich.
Frank Harry Saunders, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 179, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
George was 17 years old, a Draper’s Porter. He was living with his parents & siblings.
George, 40, an Engine Fitter – Engineers & Iron Foundry.
Lilian, 16, a Day Girl – Domestic.
Percy, 14, an Errand Boy – Sack Manufacturers.
Edna Maud Saunders, 9, born Ipswich.
Gladys Ethel Saunders, 8, born Ipswich.
Herbert Edward Saunders, 5, born Ipswich.
Stanley Arthur Saunders, 2, born Ipswich.
Nora Winifred Saunders, 1, born Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:
During the Battle of Cambrai 20th November – 30th December the Germans counter attack, 30th November – 3rd December 1917.
The 7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment following the success of the opening of the Battle of Cambrai the 7th Battalion move back half a mile from the front, overlooking the Scheldt canal for a rest and were put into reserve following 3 weeks of fighting on the front line on the 29th of November. The Battle had been a success with the use of large tank formations which had crossed barb wire into the German lines and had caught the Germans by surprise. The tanks had crossed the Hindenburg line but had drawn to a halt with large gains of lands, most were knocked out or stuck in the mud. The 7th battalion in reserve had bivouacked in a sunken road with little cover or trenches to take shelter. Early in the morning of the 30th a heavy barrage commenced from the Germans followed by a mass attack by the Germans, with German planes over head dropping bombs and machine gunning the British lines. The 7th Battalion and the 12th Division were soon over run, out flanked and surrounded the men banded themselves together to fend off the attackers, making a stand around the headquarters at the Cheshire quarry. The battalion amounted 232 casualties.