Born: 30th June 1877, Ipswich.

Died: 3rd February 1917; age 40; of Phthisis.

Enlisted: 30th June 1895.

Rank: Petty Officer 1st Class; Service Number: 177323

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Thames’.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Alfred & Lucy Sanderson, of Ipswich; husband of Lucy Jeanette Sanderson, of 6, Paper Mill Lane, Bramford, Suffolk.




1881   42, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.


Richard was 4 years old and living with his parents, sister & widowed maternal grandmother.

Alfred Sanderson, 28, a Tailor, born Alnwick, Northumberland.

Lucy Sanderson (nee Moss), 26, born Hemingstone, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Sanderson, 2, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Moss, 55, a Nurse, born Creeting All Saints.


1891   Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich.


Richard was 14 years, a Domestic Page. He was 1 of 7 servants for 28 year old, William N. Fonnereau – Living on own Means.


1911   Whitton, Suffolk.


Richard was 34 years old, a Sailmaker – Tent Manufacturer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Lucy, 28.

Richard, 3.

William. 1911.


In 1903, Richard married Lucy Jeanette Cogan, born 1883, Hemingstone, Suffolk. They had 2 sons:

Richard Alfred George Sanderson, born 1909, Merton, Surrey.

William Frederick Sanderson, 1911, born Whitton, Suffolk.


Richard’s father Alfred Sanderson died 1916, Ipswich.

Richard attended St. Margaret’s School, Ipswich.

 Richard is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary the Virgin, Bramford, Suffolk.


The funeral of First-class Petty Officer Richard Sanderson, whose death occurred in the Ipswich Isolation Hospital took place on Thursday week at Ipswich Cemetery. Deceased, who was a native of Ipswich, joined the Royal Navy 23 years ago, seeing active service in the Boxer Rebellion being then in H.M.S. Harfleur. After completing his period of service with the Fleet he joined the Royal Fleet Reserve, and when war broke out he was called up, and for two years was with the Grand Fleet, being in charge of supplies. He was invalided out of the Service at Chatham some three months ago, having developed tuberculosis, and was sent to the Ipswich Isolation Hospital, where death supervened. In civil life the deceased was employed as a rope-slicer at Messrs. Fison and Co., Bramford. He leaves a widow and two children.

The remains were accorded naval honours, the coffin, covered with the National Ensign, being conveyed on a naval gun-carriage drawn by a gun crew from H.M.S. Ganges, from his home in Paper Mill Lane , Bramford, to the Cemetery. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. F.C.B. Butler, vicar of Bramford, assisted by the Rev. C. Dobson, the curate. The grave is situated in the Field of Honour, the coffin being lowered by a bearer party of petty officers and instructors. At the conclusion of the committal service the “Last Post” was sounded. The coffin, which was of polished elm, bore the inscription:- “Richard Sanderson, died February 3rd, 1917, aged 40 years.” The mourners were the widow and sons, Mrs A. Sanderson (mother), Mr. G. Sanderson(brother), Miss Maggie Sanderson (sister), Mr. and Mrs. C. Ribbans (brother-in-law and sister)Mr. W. Hyman (brother-in-law), Mrs. M. Hyman (sister-in-law), Mrs. Copping, Mrs Swann, and Mrs. Barnes. Among others present at the grave side was Mr. Newby, the deceased’s old schoolmaster at St. Margaret’s School. Wreaths were sent by the widow, nephews and nieces, petty officers, R.N., Shotley; Ipswich Women’s Guild, Mrs. Hyman, Mr. W. Hyman, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs Fraser, and others.


H.M.S. ‘Thames’

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