Benjamin Nutt and his elder brother David from Uppingham both died while four other brothers survived the First World War. Ben was born at Uppingham on 10 April 1893, the son of Eliza Nutt, of 4 Adderley Street, Uppingham. He was employed at Martin's Iron Foundry, Stamford, when war was declared. Benjamin enlisted into the 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 29 August 1914, and went out to France in July 1915. He was killed in action by a shell on 1 May 1916, which George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War described as "his head being blown off." His Platoon Commander wrote: "He was without exception one of the most trusted and reliable soldiers in the whole battalion. He was one of the best men I have been associated with, and in his death I feel that I have lost one whom it was my pleasure to look upon as a friend. Whenever there was anything dangerous to be done he was always the first to come forward, and when things were not going as well as one could wish it was he who was working harder than ever to keep things merry and bright. I should say that few men in the battalion have been out on more patrol work in No Man's Iand. His death has cast a gloom over the whole battalion, because his sterling worth had made him one of our most popular NCOs." He was 24 years old and has no grave but is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial and on the war memorial in the churchyard in Uppingham.
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