228040 John Holland SAUNDERS, 1 Troop, 80 Assault Squadron, Royal Engineers

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by Deacs, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Alltheboys

    Alltheboys Member

    My Mother’s dearly beloved cousin never forgotten.
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  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    2 threads merged
  3. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Welcome Alltheboys I am glad you found this thread and hope you liked it.

    John was with my granda from early 1943 onto his sad death in 1944, granda spoke so highly of John we as a family grew up knowing the name Captain John Holland Saunders and this is why I made this remembrance thread to remember a great man that we never met but knew very well.

    Also Michel as done an absolute fantastic thread that as been merged with mine regarding John and the boys of 80 Assault Squadron.

    As you say in your family John will be remembered and he will also never be forgotten by us the Deacon's all the way up here in Cumbria.

    Best wishes Mike.
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  4. Alltheboys

    Alltheboys Member

    Oh those are such kind words, we were always so sorry that myself and my brother never met him as he had played such a huge part in my Mother’s life. We were to understand that he had a great sense of humour and fun and we’re told that after his death the many letters which were received by his parents told of how highly he was thought of in the army. Thank you for all your research. Liz
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  5. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Hi Liz

    I am glad you have found this thread and hope that Michel and I have done the remembrance to John well.

    He definitely made a lasting presence on my granda he couldn't speak of him highly enough we as a family from my dad and uncles we grew up to know the name Captain John Holland Saunders and what a great chap he was.

    Best wishes Mike
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  6. Welcome Liz,

    Do you have by any chance a photo (or several) of John Holland SAUNDERS that you could post here ? As you can see, we only have a poor one from newspaper clippings.

  7. Alltheboys

    Alltheboys Member

    Dear Michel
    Sorry for the delay in replying, but had to locate the photos. I would like to thank you for all you have done and enclose some photos. The group family photo with John smoking his pipe has my mother’s brother and sister and my Mum next to him besides his own Mother.
    Many thanks once again Liz

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  8. Dear Liz,

    Thank you so much for posting these beautiful photos of John with his loving family and friends.

  9. mark abbott

    mark abbott Junior Member

    Thank you for such a superb thread!
  10. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Remembering Captain John Holland Saunders :poppy:
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  11. Benjamin Moogk

    Benjamin Moogk New Member

    I understand that this is constructed from frames of 16mm Kodachrome footage. I've seen dope sheets from Charlie Beddoe of the Royal Canadian Navy who shot colour footage of D-day from LCG (L) 939 and have always suspected there were others doing the same covering Juno Beach. I've been teased with bits of this footage, but still have to track down its source. The images have a Footage Farm watermark but inquiries have gone no where. Unfortunately a fire in 1967 outside Montreal destroyed most records so details are fragmentary. There is 16mm B&W of the 17th Duke of York Royal Canadian Hussars loading at G3 and arriving under fire on the beach at Library and Archives Canada, but it has only been accession catalogued, so not really public.
  12. Benjamin Moogk

    Benjamin Moogk New Member

    Can't figure out how to edit my comment and should apologize for not going through whole thread first. Thank you for the link to the IWM video of the colour footage. I should also correct that the B&W footage of the 17DYRCH is at G4. I am working on a paper built around the footage taken by the Canadians at Nan White. The story of the 80 Assault Squadron is worth telling since they appear in that footage. I notice that photographs by Lieut. Frank Dubervill and Lieut. Gilbert Milne are used here too.
  13. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Remembering Captain John not forgotten :poppy:
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