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Private Alfred Adcock was the son of Harry and Anna Adcock of 50 Braunston Road, Oakham and the brother of Richard who also died in the First World War. He was born at Leicester on 24 March 1896 and worked as a gardener. He joined the Territorial Force on the 30 April 1913, and was mobilised on the outbreak of war in the 1/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and went out to France on the 28 February 1915. He later fought with the Machine Gun Corps. He took part in the Battle of Loos at the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 18 October that year, in the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, and other battles, and was killed by artillery fire at Lens on the 1 July 1917. The war diary of the 138th Machine Gun Company records how two guns were attached to the 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment as it took part in an attack by 46th Division west of Lens. "Just after Zero a heavy [enemy] barrage was put down on the two guns...burying one gun and part of the team. All attempts to dig the men out were unsuccessful." Alfred was buried at Lens but his grave was never found after the war and he is remembered on Bay 10 of the Arras Memorial. His Sergeant wrote: "He died a soldier's death. He volunteered for the post where it happened, which was one of extreme danger. Always ready for work, never mind what the job was. He was a man it will be very hard to replace." Both brothers are remembered on Oakham's war memorial in the grounds of All Saints' Church, but also on a brass plaque inside the Baptist Church along the High Street in Oakham. Alfred is also remembered on the war memorial at Ashwell.

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  • Oakham Church
  • Oakham Memorial 1
  • Oakham Mem AD-BE
  • Oakham Baptist Church
  • Oakham Baptist Church Memorial
  • Ashwell Church
  • Ashwell interior
  • Ashwell Interior
  • Ashwell Memorial 1
  • Ashwell Memorial 3
  • Ashwell Memorial 2
  • Arras Memorial
  • Arras Memorial 9
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A picture of his name on the memorial, taken 19 March 2016.
By John Stokes on Saturday 19th March '16 at 11:46pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
From my visit today
By John Stokes on Sunday 30th April '17 at 1:26pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
2 images I have a letter from Alfred Adcock to his Aunt & Uncle sent from France, also a post card from France.
By Lala234 on Sunday 4th November '18 at 8:52pm
This is a letter from Alfred Adcock to my Nan & grandad not the previous on from the Crown Hotel, I appolgise for the mix up
By Lala234 on Saturday 10th November '18 at 3:59pm

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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