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Cecil Killips and his brother William from North Luffenham both died in the First World War. Cecil was born at Lismay, County Galway, Ireland, on 12 April 1897, the son of R Killips and his wife who later moved to Rutland. He worked as a moulder and joined up on 26 March 1915, going to the Western Front on 17 March 1916 with the 1st/4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He fought in France and Belgium, and according to George Phillips "was a first class machine gunner and bomber." He was killed by a shell on 10 October 1917, at Lens, and was buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, grave II.V.3, one of ten Rutland soldiers buried there. Cecil is also remembered on the war memorial in North Luffenham.

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  • North Luffenham Church
  • N Luffenham Memorial
  • N Luffenham Memorial 1
  • Philosophe British Cemetery 2
  • Philosophe British Cemetery 4
  • C Killips 1

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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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