Private Horace Chalkley was the third son Edward Chalkley and his wife of 18 Barleythorpe Road, Oakham. He joined up on 1 November 1915, enlisting in the Rifle Brigade before being posted to the 2nd/10th Battalion London Regiment. Horace arrived on the Western Front on 4 June 1917 but survived for less than three months. According to George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War, he was helping to carry food for the men in the front line when he was killed by a shell during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The Londons' war diary records how the battalion moved to the Ypres sector on 25 August, arriving by train at Proven before marching to Dirty Bucket Camp near Vlamertinghe. On 28 August they moved to Canal Bank Camp and went into the line near St Julien. It appears to have been a relatively quiet time. On 31 August, when Horace was reported to have been killed, the war diary says simply: "Situation normal. Casualties: 1 OR [Other Rank] wounded, 1 missing." Horace's platoon officer wrote: "He was keen, cheerful and willing. He never groused, and was a tower of strength in keeping the platoon in good spirits. He has given his life to help his country at the time of her greatest need, and he gave it cheerfully and willingly in the splendid way his fine character would make him." He was buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery near Ypres, grave VI.G.2. Horace was 21 when he died. He is remembered on the war memorial in the grounds of All Saints' Church, Oakham, and also on a brass plaque inside the Baptist Church.
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