Worcestershire. 23 April 1917

Arthur Saunders came from Halesowen and enlisted in the Worcesters. He was sent to the 4th Battalion who were engaged in the final stages of the Somme in October 1916. In the Spring of 1917 they moved to Arras and were in the front line for the April Battles of Arras. On the 14th a strong attack was made on the fortified village of Monchy-le-Preux, just east of Arras, but the German defence of this fortified village on a hill was too strong. On the 23rd another attack was made but the German defences were impossible to overcome. Private Arthur Saunders was killed in action on this day alongside four other Halesowen men. He is commemorated on the Arras and Halesowen Memorials.

Commemorated at:

Halesowen St. John

Halesowen St. John

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB

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