John Thomas Saunders – A Seventy Year Search for a Bishop Auckland Soldier’s Grave

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In  August 1944 Joseph and Florence Saunders of Bishop Auckland were informed by the War Office that their son John Thomas had died, whilst a prisoner of war in German hands, on the 21 July 1944. There was no confirmation of the location and marking of his burial plot, so consequently his name was engraved on the Dunkirk Memorial set up to commemorate those who lost their lives during the campaign of 1939/40 and who had no known grave.

This book is the story of the 70 year search for the grave of this Bishop Auckland soldier as told by local historian Tom Hutchinson, nephew of John Thomas.

Included are documents, maps, black and white photographs and coloured photographs from the Rededication Service for John Thomas Saunders in Poland in August 2014.

The book is a 48 page paperback, A5 size, with 50p of every sale going to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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