2nd Lieutenant Archibald Morton Sanders

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Archibald Morton Sanders

Archibald Morton Sanders was born on the 25th April 1897 in Castlegrove, Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire. He was the only child of Archibald George Sanders (1868-1928), a Medical Practitioner, and Annie Sanders (nee Morton) (1866-1953), who had married on the 30th June 1896 in Sandyford, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Archibald matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1914, aged 17, to study Medicine. Some of the classes he attended include Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology and Zoology.

Archibald was a member of the University’s Officers Training Corps and in July 1916 he was commissioned to the 1st/5th Bn. (Dumfries and Galloway) King’s Own Scottish Borderers. He went to France in January 1917 attached to the 6th Battalion of the K.O.S.B. In a letter addressed to the University’s registrar his father writes that Archibald ‘was wounded while leading his platoon in the Battle of Arras on April 9th 1917, and died from his wounds on the same evening’.

2nd Lieutenant Archibald Sanders is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, (grave ref: VI.B.2) and is commemorated on the Lochmaben War Memorial, on Dumfries Academy memorial, on an individual memorial in Lochmaben Church, as well as the University of Glasgow’s Roll of Honour.


2nd Lieutenant Archibald Morton Sanders
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 5th Bn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds, 9 April 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/537, 883
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/253


University of Glasgow Faculty and Registry Records (GUAS Ref: R8/5/35/7, R8/5/36/5).

Letter from Archibald George Sanders to University Registrar, dated 11th March 1918 (GUAS Ref: CH4/4/2/3/537).

Ken Morrison, Scottish War Memorials Project, project webpage

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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