Vernus Sanders

Medals awarded

  • Military Cross
  • 1914 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal 1914-19
    MID oak leaf

Awarded the Military Cross and twice Mentioned in Despatches during the First World War, ‘Sandy’ Sanders was chosen to carry the Regimental Colour during the Victory March in Paris. It was agreed within the regiment that few Green Howards deserved the honour more.

Vernus Frederick Bernard Sanders enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters and was with the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1914 and 1915, when he was wounded. By August 1915, he was in the Dardanelles, remained there until the evacuation at the end of the year. Sanders was in France at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and from Warrant Officer was commissioned for distinguished conduct on the field.

Then he joined the regiment! He saw action with the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment at the battles of 1917 around Ypres. He was wounded in the trenches on 31 July 1917, during an attack which killed 25 men serving with the regiment. Sanders was one of five Officers and 190 men who were wounded.

He served with the 1st Battalion in India and retired from the army in 1930. Major Sanders died in 1964 in Blackpool. The regimental Gazette described him as “one of the great characters of the Regiment and a very great favourite with all ranks of the 1st and 2nd Battalions between the wars”.