SAUNDERS Alfred Solomon

 

Date of Enlistment 18/01/1915
Birthplace Melbourne, Victoria
Next of kin Mother, Mrs Deborah Saunders, 21 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Occupation Pearler
Age on Enlistment 35
Service Number 35
Rank Lt. Corporal
Unit 3rd Light Horse Brigade, Headquarters
Fate INV
Date of Fate Event 31/08/1916
Returned to Broome post WWI Yes
Other Information Brothers: Albert Saunders & Monty Saunders
What Our Boys Go Through: Corp. Alf. Saunders (who also served in the Boer war) was wounded at Gallipoli. With a party of 15 be rushed a Turkish trench,from which they found the Turks had retired. They bad not been long in possession when a mine exploded under them. Alf. is the only one of that 15 alive today. When pulled from the debris he had three ribs broken, and his skull and tongue Injured. Enteric fever supervened, and between the wound and the fever he has been left very much impaired.North West Echo, 17th March 1917
Soldiers Return: On Tuesday evening a welcome was extended to several Broome boys’ who have returned from the war. The Institute verandah was the scene of the event, and was uncomfortably packed, the greater portion of those present being ladies.The Mayor (Mr Archie Male) occupied the chair, while seated near him were Sergt. Sam Seagar, Corp. Alf. Saunders, Privates John Hilliard and R. Bourne, and wireless operator Jones…Most of them knew Sergt. Seagar and Corp. Saunders, whom they were pleased to welcome home..Corp, Saunders, on behalf of the returned men, thanked Broome for the kind welcome extended to them. Each of the others was also induced to say a few words, Private Hilliard remarking that the sufferings of the war were well worth going through to receive such a welcome. Songs, recitations, music, soft drinks, sandwiches, etc,, helped to complete an enjoyable evening.North West Echo, 17th March 1917

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