HIBBITT George Freeman

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George Freeman Hibbitt was born at Market Overton on 18 April 1894, the son of Henry and Lucy Hibbitt, and was living in Empingham at the time the First World War began. He was a farmer and enlisted with the 11th Battalion King's Royal Rifles Corps in November 1915, going out to the Western Front in April the following year. George was wounded on 16 September 1916 in the Battle of the Somme, but returned to France and the front line on 20 December. He was killed by a shell on 9 February 1917, at Les Boeufs and was buried in the trenches. His grave was later lost so he is now remembered on Pier 13A of the Thiepval Memorial and also on Empingham's war memorial in the village cemetery.  

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  • Thiepval 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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