NEAL John Charles

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John Charles Neal was born in Oakham on 18 June 1893, the son of William Neal and his wife. He enlisted in the 9th Battalion Welsh Regiment at the outbreak of the war, and was drafted to France in December 1914. John was wounded twice, both times in the head and was sent back to England to recover on both occasions. He returned to the Front and was killed by a sniper's bullet at Wytschaete on 7 June 1917. His Commanding Officer wrote to his family:  "He was always cheerful and willing and liked by all. He will be missed very much by his platoon." John was buried in Wytschaete Military Cemetery, grave IV.A.20, and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.

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  • Oakham Memorial
  • Oakham Memorial LA-NE
  • Wytschaete Military Cemetery 1
  • Wytschaete Military Cemetery 3
  • J Neale 2
  • J Neal 1

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2 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 14 December 2014
By John Stokes on Sunday 14th December '14 at 6:32pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

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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