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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