SAUNDERS Maurice Henry
Regiment : Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry)
Service number : 325717
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 14th November 1918 aged 19
Buried : Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial, Israel and Palestine, Panel 56 (Addenda).
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Worcestershire Constabulary Castle Street. Worcestershire Constabulary Hindlip Hall as Maurice W. Saunders. Hindlip St James WW1 and WW2 Police Roll of Honour under Worcestershire Constabulary. Worcester Cathedral Worcestershire Hussars with the information: Private.
Additional information on the memorial: Worcestershire Regiment QOWH.
Priest Lane. Trooper. Worcestershire Yeomanry. British Prisoner of War, Nessibin, Turkey. Went out February 16th 1916. Taken Prisoner April 23rd 1916. Died coming home for Xmas 1918.
Additional information from Pershore Parish Records, Holy Cross, Film No 216/7, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Maurice Henry Saunders was born on 23rd January 1891 in Evesham, Worcestershire. He resided in Priest Lane, Pershore when he was appointed as Police Constable No 10, Worcester Constabulary on 23rd January 1914. He was single and his previous employment was with the Prudential Assurance Company in Pershore as an Insurance Agent. He was 6 feet, ½ inch tall, weighed 12 stone 5lbs, his chest measurement was 36 inches and he had a fresh complexion with brown eyes and brown hair. He had a scar on the middle finger of his left hand. Maurice spent 246 days with the constabulary as a Constable 3rd Class, working at Police Headquarters in Worcester until 8th January 1915 and then at Stourport police station from 9th January 1915 where he remained until he left the police force to enlist in the army on 11th June 1915.
Source for additional information: Worcester Constabulary Records.
1st/1st Worcester Yeomanry, 4th Draft, embarked at Devonport 1st February 1916 for service with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, disembarked at Alexandria, Egypt on 13th February 1916. Died 14th November 1918. Prisoner of War.
Source for additional information: The Yeomanry Cavalry of Worcestershire 1914 – 1922.
A photograph of Private M.H. Saunders of Pershore can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 8th July 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Trudy Burge has created the WW1 Pershore website to commemorate the men from Pershore who served their country from 1914 to 1918: http://pershoreww1.webs.com/