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In Memory of George Sanderson b.27.7.1925 - d.3.6.1988 - "My Dad"

George enlisted at Brancepeth, County Durham on 28th Oct 1942 stating his DOB as 24th July 1924 - please note he lied! He was actually only 16 years old.

Most of his time was in the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) and on 14h Nov 1943 he became part of the 10th batallion.

11th June 1944 he embarked from the UK with the 10th Bn.

22 June 1944 he was disembarked: "Wounded BW (mortar) Lt foot. GSW Rt arm. Re-embarked NW Europe and evacuated to UK on 22nd June" (aged 18 years + 11 months)

I never spoke to him about D-Day when he was alive. He never offered to talk about it and as a younger person I never asked as I did not realise the significance. I do now!

Growing up I remember the scar on his right arm and I even recall him telling me it was from a bullet wound. How ignorant of me to not ask more.


6th Battalion (source Wikipedia)

"At the start of the Second World War the battalion attracted enough volunteers to form first and second line battalions (10th Battalion).

The battalion formed part of the 151st Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division and was part of the BEF. It arrived in France in late January 1940, and took part in the Arras counter-attack and defended the Dunkirk perimeter. Transferred to the Middle East in April 1941 the battalion garrisoned Cyprus and later Kirkuk and Mosul in Iraq. Returning to North Africa as part of the 8th Army it was placed into the line at Gazala, patrolling and disrupting German and Italian supplies.[35] and fought in the Gazala, Mersa Matruh, El Alamein and the Mareth Line. The battalion took part in the invasion of Sicily, fighting at Primosole Bridge. Withdrawn to Britain in October 1943 to be trained for the Normandy landings, the battalion landed in the second wave on Sword Beach and faced 2 months of attritional fighting in Normandy. After the break out from Normandy the battalion fought as part of the ground forces of Operation Market Garden at Gheel. Due to heavy losses 50th Division was broken up to reinforce other formations, the battalion was reduced to a training cadre and returned to Britain in December 1944."


I have been researching my family history for almost 25 years. I have hit a few brick walls, but also have manages to go back to the 1600s for some branches!

Surname List

  • Sanderson (1st Generation) - Kirkbymoorside, Middlesbrough
  • Trattles (2nd Generation) - Staithes, Scarborough, Stockton on Tees, M'bro
  • Rowell (3rd Generation) - Middlesbrough, Norton
  • Percival (3rd Generation) - Middlesbrough, Rockcliff Cumberland
  • Lowther (4th Generation) - Middlesbrough, Kirkbymoorside, Appleton Le Moors
  • Bonsor (4th Generation) - Middlesbrough, Walsall
  • Bradley (4th Generation) -
  • Briggs (4th Generation)
  • Warriner (5th Generation)
  • Downie (5th Generation)
  • Butterfield (5th Generation)
  • Lund (5th Generation)
  • Layfield (5th Generation)
  • Black (5th Generation)
  • Noyce (5th Generation)
  • Walker (6th Generation)
  • Simpson (6th Generation)
  • Finney (6th Generation)
  • Mark (6th Generation)
  • Jones (6th Generation)
  • Etherington (6th Generation)
  • Bowes (6th Generation)
  • Irving (6th Generation)
  • Boyington (6th Generation)
Last Updated 12/02/2012