KNOTT Ernest

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Ernest Knott was born at Edmondthorpe on 17 January 1891. His mother was later recorded as living at Stapleford Park. Before he enlisted in August 1914 at the very start of the First World War, Ernest was a footman working for Lord Ranksborough at Barleythorpe and was living in Langham. He went out to the Western Front as a Corporal in July 1915 with the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and a month later was promoted to Sergeant. He was killed during the Battle of the Somme on 14 July 1916 at Bazentin-le-Petit Wood when a shell burst over him. George Phillips described him as a very popular NCO. He is remembered on Pier 3A of the Thiepval Memorial. However, he is not on Langham and Barleythorpe's war memorial in Langham churchyard although he is on the Roll of Honour inside the church.

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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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