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Private Ernest Cunnington was born in Oakham, the son of John Thomas and Sarah Ann Cunnington of 5 Simper Street in the town. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in January 1915, and went to France the following November. On 27 April 1917 while serving with 48th Field Ambulance he was wounded by a shell and died in the early hours of the following morning. His Colonel wrote: "He did his duty well and faithfully for two years, and was a general favourite with officers and men." He was buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, grave II.G.44, and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.

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  • Oakham Memorial
  • Oakham Memorial BR-CU
  • Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension 1
  • Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension 2
  • E Cunnington 3
  • E Cunnington 1
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2 images Some pictures of Mr Cunningtonā€™s headstone, taken 21 March 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 24th March '15 at 6:58pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

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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