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Early life and rowing career
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. Sanderson rowed for Cambridge in the Boat Race in 1899 and 1900 which were two victories for Cambridge.
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 and there is a memorial brass in Ripon Cathedral.
- "Olympians Who Were Killed or Missing in Action or Died as a Result of War". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- "Sanderson, Robert Harcourt (SNDR895RH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Sports Reference Olympic Sports - Ronald Sanderson
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- Sanderson, R H, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Retrieved 19 August 2008