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Corporal Amos Culpin and his brother Ernest both died in the First World War. Amos was a postman living with his wife Alice at 17 South Street, Oakham before the war. He had been working at Oakham Post Office since the age of 14 (see photograph below, Amos is on the far right). He enlisted in the Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport Division on 3 August 1916 and was sent to France on 23 May 1917. His unit, the 880th Motor Transport Company, was transferred to Salonica where he contracted pnuemonia and died on 23 October 1918. Amos is buried in Skopje Military Cemetery near Viles, in what is now Macedonia, grave G.11. George Phillips wrote: "His record at the Post Office was an excellent one, and on his death his widow received a letter of condolence from the Postmaster-General bearing testimony to his excellent character." His Commanding Officer wrote: "Throughout the advance he worked splendidly, never sparing himself in his duty and facing every difficulty with cheerfulness and vigour." He was aged 33 years and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.

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  • Post Office Staff - A Culpin
  • Oakham Church
  • Oakham Memorial
  • Oakham Memorial BR-CU
  • Skopje British Cemetery 2
  • Skopje British Cemetery 3
  • A Culpin 3
  • A Culpin 1
  • A Culpin 4

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On 23rd October 2014 Amos' grandchildren, Tim Culpin & Felicity Stone, and great grandson, James Culpin visited his grave in Skopje 96 years after his death. It is a lovely quiet place next to a church and mosque with peacocks in their grounds. The cemetery is beautifully kept and all the grave stones are well maintained. There are some 124 graves all but 30 of which are Royal Army Service Corp so he is with his friends. If Dad took after Amos we expect he would have said "How wonderful to see you and how kind of you to come - what kept you!" We all wondered just how many people have made the trip. Photographs to follow.
By tjc on Tuesday 9th December '14 at 9:12am

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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