Ronald Sanderson

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Memorial to Ronald Harcourt Sanderson in Ripon Cathedral

Ronald Harcourt Sanderson (11 December 1876 – 17 April 1918) was an English rower who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics for Great Britain. He was killed in action during the First World War.

Early life and rowing career[edit]

Sanderson was born at Uckfield, Sussex, the only son of Rev. Edward Sanderson of Uckfield. He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College Cambridge.[1] Sanderson rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1899 and 1900 which were two victories for Cambridge.

He became a member of Leander Club and was a crew member of the Leander eight which won the gold medal for Great Britain rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics.[2]

Military career[edit]

Sanderson joined the Royal Horse Artillery in May 1900,[3] and served as Second Lieutenant in the Second Boer War in South Africa. He was promoted to lieutenant on 8 March 1902.[4]

Sanderson served in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War. He was mentioned in despatches and was awarded the Chevalier, Legion of Honour by France. He was a lieutenant colonel when he was killed in action near Ypres. He was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery nearby[5] and there is a memorial brass in Ripon Cathedral.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sanderson, Robert Harcourt (SNDR895RH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Sports Reference Olympic Sports - Ronald Sanderson
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27196. p. 3335. 25 May 1900.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27431. p. 3013. 6 May 1902.
  5. ^ Sanderson, R H, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Retrieved 19 August 2008

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