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Frank Helsdon was born in Oakham on 9 July 1898 the son of John and Mary Helsdon of Gas Street. He died almost exactly 19 years later, just two weeks after his birthday and before he had a chance to be sent to France. He worked in a boot factory before joining up on 30 February 1917, serving with the 1st Garrison Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. Frank died from sickness at Hull on 20 July 1917. He is buried at Oakham Cemetery, grave 52.22.  His CWGC headstone was replaced in late 2015 with a new longer lasting marble one. The CWGC spells his name Helsden. It can be found towards the bottom of the cemetery on the left hand side, and close to two other First World War casualties buried there; Arthur Brader and William Clarke. Frank is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.

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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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