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John Sanderson was the son of James and Mary Ann Sanderson, of Bolton. He enlisted in the Territorial Force and was posted into the 2/5th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service number 3684, later 241576.

John sailed with the 2/5th Battalion from Southampton to La Havre, landing on 9th February 1917.

Less than three weeks later, 26th February 1917, Private Sanderson was amongst the first fatalities of their Battalion. He was killed in the trenches in the Fleurbaix sector.

At the time of his death he was just 25 years old.

John is burried in Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery. His headstone bears the inscription;

Too dearly loved to be forgotten.

Unfortunately his service papers have not survived.

Rank: Private
Service No: 241576
Date of Death: 26/02/1917
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/5th Bn.
Grave Reference: RUE-PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, I. L. 11.

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