Walter Christopher (Chris) George Saunders was from Warrnambool, Victoria. He worked as a groom prior to enlisting on 29 August 1916 with the 10th Machine Gun Company. He later transferred to the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion as a driver. He embarked for service in France on 27 May 1916 and returned to Australia in June 1919.
Chris Saunders’ tales of mateship and adventure during World War One inspired his son to enlist in World War Two. His son was Captain Reginald Saunders.