Percy James Saunders


Percy James Saunders


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
Northamptonshire Regiment
5th Bn.


Not Yet Researched


I. D. 21.

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham CrossNot on the Standon memorials

Pre War

Born in 1888 in Standon, Hertfordshire son of Augustus James and Abigail Agnes Saunders and was living in Camwell Hall, Much Hadham in 1891, 1901 and in 1911 when he was working as a carpenter. He married Elsie Maud Hodge in 1913 in Bishop’s Stortford and they also lived at Camwell Hall, Much Hadham. Enlisted at Much Hadham. At the time of his death, he was married with two daughters.

Wartime Service

He was killed in action on the Somme. 5th Northamptonshire War Diary Notes: During April 1918, the 516 Northampton Regiment were involved in creating and repairing trenches and manning a small part of the Corps line. Although it is recorded that the regiment lost 5 men on the 6th, the division history shows that things were quiet on that date. However, at 7am on the 5th the whole line (some 4,000 yards) came under heavy shelling of all calibres and gas at the back areas, followed at 7.30am with an attack by German troops. Fighting on this day was very severe and casualties were heavy although the enemy failed to break through. It seems likely that Percy and the other 4 men from the regiment who were reported to have died on the 6th became casualties as a result of the fighting on the 5th.


Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)