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William Hickson and his brother Benjamin both died in the First World War. They were from Stretton, but their mother moved to Preston. William enlisted in the 1st/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 13 March 1916, and went out to France on 7 July. He was killed in the Battle of the Somme on 16 September 1916, when the 2nd Battalion advanced and captured the northern trench of a German strongpoint known as the Quadrilateral less than a hundred yards off the Ginchy-Morval road. William was buried on the battlefield but his body was never recovered after the war and so he has no known grave. He is remembered on Panel 14A of the Thiepval Memorial, along with more than 50 other men from Rutland. He is also remembered on the war memorial in Stretton.

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  • Stretton Memorial
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4 images My brother and I took my mum Mim Coleman, who is his niece to visit his memorial . It is an amazing monument to the fallen.
By Coleman on Friday 13th February '15 at 1:53pm

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.
Remembering John Breakspear of Langham in Rutland who died 100 years ago today of injuries sustained in #WW1 A careā€¦ https://t.co/t52U98HC5h 6:03 PM May 13th

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