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Charles Edwin Saunderson

In memory of:

Lance Bombardier Charles Edwin Saunderson

September 5, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Artillery


8 Field Regt.

Additional Information

Son of Bernard and Lily Saunderson, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 437 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

II, H, 61.


GRADARA WAR CEMETERY is situated in the Commune of Gradara in the Province of Pesaro, at a distance of about 1.5 kilometres from the shores of the Adriatic. To reach the GRADARA WAR CEMETERY from Highway A14 (Bologna-Taranto), exit at Cattolica, which is the nearest town and a seaside resort. The Cemetery is on the main road 5 kilometres south west of the town. The cemetery occupies a unique position on a hillside which was terraced for agriculture, each row of graves taking up one terrace. The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1944 and it contains the graves of casualties incurred during the advance from Ancona to Rimini (which broke the Gothic Line) and in the heavy fighting around Rimini, which was taken by the Allies on 21st September 1944.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Grave Markers– Row of markers in the tiered Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Cross of Sacrifice - Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– View of the Cross of Sacrifice from the tiered rows of Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Grave Marker– Grave marker - Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Photo of Charles Saunderson– Saunderson, Charles Edwin - Bombardier.  Born 24th May, 1920, at Winnipeg. Educated at Dauphin, Man. Entered the service of the Bank 24th March, 1939.  Served at Dauphin. Enlisted 18th September, 1940, from that branch in Canadian Army. Served on Quartermaster's Staff at Military Training Centre, Winnipeg. Transferred to R.C.A. in February, 1941. Overseas in June, 1941.  Served with 71st Battery, 8th Army Field Regiment, from December, 1941. With Central Mediterranean Forces from March, 1944. Recommended for commission and about to proceed on Officer' Training Course in September, 1944.  Killed in action in Italy 5th September, 1944. Buried in permanent cemetery at Gradera, Italy. From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.

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