Remembering Today Captain John Holland Saunders 80 Assault Sqdn.RE 1/11/1944

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  1. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Today the 1st November i would like to remember,

    CAPTAIN JOHN HOLLAND SAUNDERS.
    228040, 80 Assault Sqaudron, Royal Engineers.
    Who died age 24.
    On 1st November 1944.
    Son of William Holland Saunders and Nellie Saunders, of Earley, Berkshire.
    Remembered with Honour.
    Bergen-Op-Zoom.

    I have came to no the name of Captain Saunders from my granda telling me from when i was a kid what a great man he was. And when i got the war diarys off Lee to see John's name mentioned but unfortunately the day and time of his death was something special, John was with my granda from when they were training together back in 1943. Sadly John lost his life on this day at the battle of Infatuate at Welcheren.

    RIP CAPTAIN JOHN HOLLAND SAUNDERS.

    Grave picture courtesy of Rob (Ramacal)

    Memorial Picture courtesy of Clive.

    War diary courtesy of Lee.

    So a BIG THANKYOU to you guys for getting me the pictures and diaries cheers.

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  2. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    A larger picture Michael (Deacs) requested.

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=65979&d=1320106002
     
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  3. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

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    War diary courtesy of Lee.

    So a BIG THANKYOU to you guys for getting me the pictures and diarys cheers.

    My pleasure Deacs. It's great when the war diaries contain just the right sort of information you're seeking.
     
  4. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    My pleasure Deacs. It's great when the war diaries contain just the right sort of information you're seeking.

    Yes your right Lee to find out the exact day and time of a chap that you have been brought up knowing all your life is something special but very sad indeed.
    This is one of them moments when you are really glad to join a forum as good as this where all i had was a name then i end up with a picture of John's headstone his name on a memorial and then for him to be mentioned in the war diary's how lucky and very thankfull i am to have found this forum many months ago.
     
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  5. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering today Captain John Holland Saunders RIP :poppy:

    I have a photo of John now but will post tonight when I am back from work.
     
  6. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    JHS 1.jpg JHS 3.jpg
    Earlier in the year I contacted Reading library to see if they could assist me in finding John's obituary which they found and passed onto me.
    So after all these years of knowing all about John from my granda I finally get to see what John looked like, so I would like to share with the forum and especially to the people who have helped me in my quest to find out more about John.
    So a big thanks to LEE,ROB and CLIVE.




    RIP John :poppy:
     
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  7. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    As promised, a photo taken on 25 January 2014 with a cross placed on behalf of Deacs.

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  8. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Rob I am for ever grateful once again, I had a bit of a lump in my throat when I saw your latest picture especially with the cross that you placed for me thank you.

    Best wishes Michael.
     
  9. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    1st November 2014, Remembering 70 years on.

    :poppy: RIP John :poppy:
     
  10. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day deacs,1st nov 2011,12:04am.re:remembering today.captain john holland saunders.80 assault sqdn.re 1/11/1944. may he rest in peace.regards bernard85 :poppy: :poppy:
     
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  11. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering today RIP John :poppy:
     
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  12. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Captain John Holland Saunders:
    Not forgotten.
     
  13. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

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  14. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    John you are not forgotten Rip.
     
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  15. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering today :poppy:
     
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  16. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

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  17. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

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    My Uncle Rob and his visit to see where Captain John Holland Saunders was buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom, he found it very emotional after finally seeing John's grave.
    RIP John you will never be forgotten by the Deacon clan.
     
  18. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    Parents:

    1939 REGISTER TRANSCRIPTION
    Saunders Household (4 People)
    56 Church Road, Wokingham R.D., Berkshire
    NAME - DOB - OCCUPATION
    William H Saunders - 16 Oct 1892 - Production & Progress Engineer
    Nellie H Saunders - 23 Apr 1891 - Unpaid Domestic Duties
    John D Jackman - 25 Nov 1927 - At School
    Sorry, this record is officially closed.

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  19. Thank you for this info harkness.

    Could you find Capt John Holland SAUNDERS' precise date of birth? I only have it as 'around 1920' (because of his age of 24 on his death on 1st November 1944).

    I could not find his date of birth in the London Gazette or the Army List.

    I suppose that his place of birth (in the Netherlands) does not make things any easier...

    Michel
     
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  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Not exact but shows 2nd quarter (Apr/May/Jun)
    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
    Name: John H Saunders
    Registration Date: 1920
    Registration district: Reading
    Inferred County: Berkshire
    Re-registration Year: 1920
    Mother's Maiden Name: Harwood
    Volume Number: 2c
    Page Number: 835

    This is the date his birth was registered, he could have been born in March 1920 and then registered in April, cant recall what the law says re the time it should take for someone to register a birth, but I would guess the earliest would be March

    TD
     

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