Sergeant Herbert “Bert” Saunders (Ret’d)

    • Sergeant Herbert “Bert” Saunders (Ret’d)
    • RCE Badge circa 1939-45

    We regret to advise of the passing of Sergeant Herbert “Bert” Saunders (Ret’d) peacefully at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC on 14 December 2006 at the age of 90.

    Bert was born in Victoria and lived most of his adult life there. In 1940, at 24, he joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and trained in Canada and England before seeing action in France, Belgium, and Holland and moving up to the rank of Sergeant. He was injured by an antipersonnel mine in Holland in October 1944. Three years after he left Canada he resumed civilian life with an artificial leg.

    Having apprenticed in the nursery and greenhouse business prior to the war, Bert established his own greenhouse business in Victoria which he operated for the next 29 years. He retired in Victoria in 1997 where he was an active member of the War Amputees Association and the Island Growers Association. On his 90th birthday, his family published a book entitled “MY STORY: The War Years” about his wartime experiences.

    A memorial service will be held at First Memorial Chapel in Royal Oak on 30 December. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association's Ian Erskin Fund providing housing for people with mental illness or a favourite cause. {gdSep2015kh}