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Ernest Saunders was born in Oakleigh, Victoria, was single and a Farm labourer when he enlisted in the 39th Battalion, C Company on 4 April 1916 at the age of 20. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916. He proceeded overseas to France from Southampton on 23 November 1916. His records show his first few years were without major incident or injury until 3 September 1918 when he received a gunshot wound to the neck and was invalided to the UK. He was discharged from hospital on 16 October 1918 and returned to Australia aboard the Orsova on 15 January 1919.
His brother, Pte Charles Francis Saunders of the 8th Bn also served. He was killed in action, 20 September 1917. (Tree No. 3913)
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