Saunders was the second-in-command and later temporary commander of the 24th SAS Regiment's H-Squadron.
Saunders was in Manchester, presumptively late 1950. Saunders was with another squad protecting Manchester Cathedral and he was one of the few soldiers to actually manage to kill a Howler and commenting that it was "as big as a horse and bulletproof." He also stated that he only survived because of an "old shotgun" he had found. At some point he escaped the cathedral and joined the 24th SAS Regiment's H-Squadron under the command of Lieutenant Childress, where he rose up to become second-in-command.
Saunders was involved in Operation Shear in Nottingham on July 12th 1951. Lieutenant Stephen Cartwright had commandeered the SAS squadron and jointly shared control of half of H-Squadron with Saunders whilst Childress attempted to clear out a mortar position.
Childress valiant sacrificed his life to get the mortar position destroyed, leaving Saunders in charge of H-Squadron for the rest of the operation. When the remainder of H-Squadron stormed the Chimeran tunnel nexus, Saunders and a few of his men successfully sealed all the tunnels surrounding the nexus resulting in success for the operation.