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Hi, Researching my gr.grandfather John Sanders who was a sergeant in the 1/5th South Staffordshire Regiment . He was one of the volunteers who was transfered to the Royal Engineers for tunnelling duties, as he was a miner before the war. Has anybody got access to war diaries for these units, or knows where they maybe kept .
Don't know if there is any truth in it but, they where having a bit of R & R, having a beer in a bar near Ypres in Belgium, when the Germans decided to attack the town.Guess what, they blew the bl--dy pub up.

Cheers Iain Sanders
 
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Hi Dave,

His army no. was 8990 and he was killed on the 27 April 1915. I know he is buried in Dickebusch cemetery which is just a couple of miles from Ypres.
I have read that around the 22nd April ? the Germans launched either their 1st or biggest gas attack in this area and, bombed the town for a few days.I don't know if they kept a diary when off duty in those days.

I bet he was the unlucky one, he was the only one to buy a round of drinks.

Thanks Dave
Iain
 
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