Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:35 am
I would be grateful for a photo of the headstone of Arthur Thomas Sanders, who died on Nov 22 1920, or indeed any further information.
This is the unusual story of a man who played cricket for Somerset in one match and does not appear to have seen active service:
In mid-July 1919, Somerset travelled to Leyton to play Essex. In the eleven, making his first-class debut, was 18-year-old Arthur Thomas Sanders, who had headed the Harrow batting averages in 1918, albeit at an undistinguished 21.60, scoring 216 runs in 12 innings with a highest score of 57 not out; he did nothing of note in the matches against Eton. After Harrow, he went on to Sandhurst. Batting at Leyton, he came in with the score on 372 for seven, and was bowled by Scoulding for a duck. The match was eventually drawn after Essex had followed on, and Somerset did not bat a second time. Sanders did not play again: he had joined the band of ‘one-match wonders’.
Uniquely, he is the only county cricketer honoured by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for his WWI service who played in the summer of 1919 after the war – although it is unlikely he saw action.
2nd Lt Sanders, of 3 Bn, the Grenadier Guards, died on November 22, 1920, a month before his 20th birthday, in Millbank Military Hospital, Westminster; he is buried in Brompton Cemetery. He had shot himself in the head with a revolver.
Sanders’ father was Lt-Col Robert Arthur Sanders, who was Conservative MP for Bridgwater, Somerset, from 1910 to 1923, and for Wells from 1924 to 1929, and was a Government minister. He was created a baronet in the 1920 New Year Honours and raised to the peerage as 1st Baron Bayford in 1929. The title became extinct on his death in 1940 as a result of his only son committing suicide in 1920.