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Arthur Courtney Saunders

Admitted to:

Warwick Hospital. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (09/10/45). Barnsley Hall Hospital.

Date of Injury:

27/09/1945

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

24

Cause of Incident:

Crashed. Flying incident.

Transferred to QVH:

28/04/1947

Injuries:

Burns to face, hands and legs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

7



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

Arthur Courtney

Surname:

Saunders

Service No:

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Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

No.4 Central REME Workshop, Donnington

Profession:

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Patient Rank:

Lt

Death:

February 2017

Age at Death:

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Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Known as 'Sandy'.

For a lot of the war, Saunders working in gun-laying radar with REME, before retraining as a Glider Pilot.

During a training exercise, Saunders lost control of his Tiger Moth as he tried to land in heavy crosswinds. The aircraft crashed and caught fire. Saunders was initially knocked unconscious but came to and managed to climb out, while his navigator was killed instantly.

Saunders went on to become a Doctor, inspired by McIndoe.

Glossary:

REME - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Further Reading:

References:

"There was a mirror on the wall and I was just horrified by what I saw", RAF Benevolent Fund blog, 19 July 2016, https://www.rafbf.org/news-and-blogs/there-was-mirror-wall-and-i-was-just-horrified-what-i-saw-0



East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2776 - Photographs of members of the Guinea Pig Club, including Saunders, receiving the Soldiering On Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2015
EGRTM 2793.145 - Formal commemorative photograph, including Saunders, of Guinea Pig Reunion Weekend, 2007.
EGRTM 2813.1 - Photograph of Saunders receiving a wooden Slovakia Shield on behalf of the Guinea Pig Club, 2008