Frank Fountain

Rutland Volunteers
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15 May 1918
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Frank Fountain of Cottesmore, the son of Richard and Louisa Fountain, was a member of the 1st Battalion Rutland Volunteer Regiment, effectively a Home Guard unit, while working as head horseman at Cottesmore Ironstone Mines. Aged 28, he had been medically examined and classified A (fit for general service) on 31 March 1917 and was expecting to be called up for the army. But he suffered a severe epileptic fit and died on 15 May 1918. The night before he died he had been drilling with his Company. Frank left a wife and two children. He is buried in the churchyard, plot E124, immediately behind the war memorial although his headstone is very hard to read. In Rutland and the Great War, George Phillips says Frank died on 18 March 1918, but his burial record shows he died on 15 May.

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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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