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Thomas Saunders was born near Dunfermline, Scotland on February 21, 1909. His family emigrated to Canada. He graduated in Arts and Theology from United College then served as United Church minister at Rapid City and Holland; Chalmers Church (Winnipeg); West Vancouver, and St. Norbert. He also served as an army chaplain in Britain and Northwest Europe during the Second World War. In 1960 he joined the staff of the Winnipeg Free Press as an editorial writer, becoming literary editor shortly afterwards. His writings included six books of poetry as well as numerous journal articles and contributions to other books. He served as President (1952-53) and Chaplain of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg, and Chaplain of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He died at Winnipeg on January 15, 2005.