Abner Edwin Sanders
1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, 8th Brigade, 3rd Division
Died of wounds at the Aldershot Military Hospital 1/11/1914. (Probably the First Belper man to be killed in WWI)
Died from a 'terrible wound to the right side of his head' due to a bullet. His wife and father (who had received a telegram saying 'No Hope of Recovery') were with him when he died at the Aldershot Connaught Military Hospital on Sunday 1st November 1914.
Pte 457 Abner Sanders was listed as wounded on Wednesday 14th October 1914.
3 men were killed and 8 others, plus Abner, were wounded that day.
This action was part of an attack by the 8th Brigade on BOIS de VILLE which had begun on the Tuesday 13th October and was restarted on the afternoon of the 14th.
Abner was buried with full military Honours attended by his wife and mother and father in the Aldershot Military Cemetery.
Abner enlisted on Tuesday 23rd Feb 1904 at Normanton Barracks, Derby. He spent 7 years as a regular then 5 years in reserve.
Abner was married to Jessie Sanders, (they were married in Belper in March 1910) of 58, Mansfield Rd., Alfreton, Derbyshire with whom he had two children one under the age of 12 months at the time of his death.
His parents were Ernest Melbourne Sanders (1858-1937) and Judith Martha Spencer (1858-1930) who lived on Nottingham Road, Belper.
Abner was born in Belper but is commemorated on the Alfreton War Memorial.
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