GARNER Frederick Ernest

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Private Frederick Ernest Garner was born and grew up in Oakham, and sang with the Oakham Church Choir as well as being its secretary. He had attended and then taught at Oakham Council School. His parents lived at 32 Penn Street in Oakham but when war broke out Fred had moved and was a certificated assistant at the Church of England School, Stony Stratford. He enlisted on 5 November 1915 into the 91st Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps, and went out to the Western Front on 26 January 1916. He suffered from trench fever in July and while he was recovering he contracted cerebal meningitis from which he died on 18 October 1916 in a hospital at St Omer. Fred was within two days of 27 years of age, and left a widow. He is buried at Longueness (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, grave IV.A.66, and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.

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F, E, Garner was my great uncle. I believe he was a younger brother to my Grandma Caroline Elizabeth Towell (nee Garner). My grandparents both come from Oakham.My birth name was Carolyn Elizabeth Freeman. I have an original copy of the G Phillips book 'Rutland and the Great War' that has been handed down through the family.
By Carolyn on Saturday 25th October '14 at 5:58am
4 images Some pictures of Mr Garner’s headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Thursday 23rd April '15 at 7:35pm
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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