GRAVES Francis William Bond

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Francis William Bond Graves was posthumously awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and Silver Star for his work as a driver with a French ambulance unit. Francis was the son of William and Louisa Graves of 19 South Street, Oakham. He worked as a chauffeur and when he joined up on 4 May 1917 he became an ambulance driver serving with the British Ambulance Committee. Francis was attached to Section Sanitaire Anglais No. 2 run by the French Red Cross Society when he was killed less than a month before the war ended. The citation to his medal says: "He always displayed great courage and untiring devotion to duty. He has often distinguished himself in most difficult and perilous situations. He was mortally wounded by a shell burst on 19 October 1918, whille undertaking the evacuation of wounded men from an advanced Poste de Secours [First Aid Post]." Francis is buried at Sissonne British Cemetery, grave M.7, and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial. 

George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War gives his age as 22.

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  • Oakham Church
  • Oakham Memorial
  • Oakham Memorial GA-IL
  • Sissonne British Cemetery 9
  • Sissonne British Cemetery 7
  • F W B Graves 4
  • F W B Graves 2a
  • F W B Graves 1a
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2 images Mr Graves' Headstone
By John Stokes on Sunday 30th November '14 at 6:08pm
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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