Private George Arthur Exton, son of Charles and Fanny Exton of 10, Mount Pleasant, Uppingham Road, Oakham, was the brother of Charles who also died during the First World War. George joined the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 1 March 1916. He went to France on 6 July and was reported missing on 22 March 1918. George Phillips wrote in Rutland and the Great War: "The 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment on the 21st March took part in one of those episodes which covered them with glory. Three German divisions essayed the task of forcing a British retirement near Epehy during the second Battle of the Somme. Once, with the help of flame-throwers, the enemy gained a lodgement among the houses, but the brave Midlanders threw them out again. It was a party of this same Leicester Regiment which held the farm at Vaucelette, and fought it out to the very last man." George is presumed to have died as part of this fighting. He has no known grave and is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial. George and Charles, who died six months later, are remembered on the war memorial in Oakham.
Picture of George Exton courtesy of WW1Tigers.com
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