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Herbert Molyneux was born in Brooke, his birth being registered in Oakham in early1885. His father John worked in farming and also served as the parish clerk for the village. By the time Herbert was 16 years old he was working on the land and the family were living on Pudding Lane (which is now called Church Lane). As they grew up his brothers found work nearby. Thomas became a servant, just along the road at America Lodge, and David a grocer's assistant in Oakham. But Herbert left the village and by the summer of 1908, aged 23 years old, he was in Mansfield and married to 19 year old Sarah Ann Renshaw from the mining community of Blackwell, Derbyshire. Herbert was most likely working as a miner himself. After their marriage they lived in Newton Green, near Blackwell and had three children, Clara, Herbert Junior and Rita. Herbert enlisted at Mansfield in May 1915 and served with "A" Battery 74th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action near Elverdinghe, Belgium on 22 July 1917. He is buried at Canada Farm Cemetery, grave I.F.10 and remembered on the war memorial in Brooke Church. Herbert's parents, John who died in 1912 aged 66, and Elizabeth who died in 1927 aged 80, are both buried in Brooke churchyard.

With thanks to Ann Grimmer, granddaughter of William Palmer, who has researched the history of all those who fell from Brooke.  

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Canada Farm Cemetery on Tuesday 12th August 2014
By Matt Steele on Wednesday 13th August '14 at 5:59pm
2 images We visited Herbert's grave on August 12th 2014.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 8:36am
5 images Some pictures of Mr Molyneux’ headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 21st April '15 at 6:05pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Visited my great-grandfather's grave in the early months of 2008. Thanks for the extra information on the site.
By Steve Molyneux on Saturday 17th March '18 at 11:25am
Herbert is my Great Uncle.Lovely church in Brooke Rutland where there is a memorial on the wall. Also my Great Great Grandparents graves in the church cemetery.
By chrisc on Saturday 3rd November '18 at 8:13pm

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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