Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Second Lieutenant Charles Fabian Saunders, "C" Company, 7th Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action at Delville Wood on the Somme.
The son of a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was educated at Worcester College, Oxford, where he had joined the University Officers’ Training Corps and distinguished himself as a runner in inter-regimental sports meetings. At the outbreak of the Great War he obtained a commission in the Northamptonshire Regiment.
Second Lieutenant Saunders’ battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 2nd of September in 1915. He was severely wounded by shrapnel during the Battle of Loos at the end of that month. It was some time before he was recovered enough to return to the front, which he did on the 13th of July the following year. During the Battle of Delville Wood he was killed in action during the fighting at Guillemont. He is buried in the Delville Wood Cemetery at Longueval in France.
Charles, from Reigate in Surrey, was 21 years old.