William Needham was born in Oakham to William and Elizabeth Needham and later emigrated to Canada. He and his wife Helen were living in Winnipeg at the outbreak of war, where William described himself as a stationary engineer. It appears he was known as Horace Needham and enlisted under that name into the 8th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles on 8 June 1915, aged 29. He left for France on 27 March 1916 with the 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Horace was killed by a bullet near Hill 70 at Loos, while helping a fellow soldier who was wounded (see below), and was buried at Chocques Military Cemetery, grave I.L.42. His widow returned to England with the couple's two children who were later recorded as living at 147 Brooke Road in Oakham. According to the book, Langham Remembers Them by Brenda Burdett, his father had remarried and for a time his wife kept the Wheatsheaf Inn in Langham. William/Horace is on Langham's war memorial as William Needham, which is also the name on his headstone in France.
There is a W Needham on Oakham War Memorial but it is not clear that this is him or whether it refers to a William Frederick Needham, also from Oakham.
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