Thanks to one of our members we have solved one of our puzzles about Little Casterton. In the previous blog we asked if anyone could shed some light on an A E Read who is named on the Little Casterton war memorial, but with no other details. Even the added documentation inside the church about the village’s war dead couldn’t tell us what rank or regiment he was, or when he died. But thanks to Camilla Brandal, we’ve found out quite a lot, including details of some of his relatives and have now been able to create his own page with his details.
The one remaining puzzle is how he came to be remembered Little Casterton. Presumably he lived there for a time although he was born in Berkshire and grew up in Oxfordshire. He had been a professional soldier who rejoined at the start of the war, only to be killed just six weeks later. It shows to us the power of our site users, helping to create the most detailed database of Rutland’s war dead. So thank you to Camilla, and to all of you who are contributing new information to the website.