REEVE Robert

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Robert Reeve was born on 6 August 1889 at Westhorpe Farm in Wing. He was the son of William Sherard (known as Sherard) and Mary Reeve who farmed at Martinsthorpe Park in Manton. Robert was a member of the Leicestershire Imperial Yeomanry, forerunner of the Leicestershire Yeomanry, for four years before emigrating to farm in Canada, sailing in the SS Tunisian on 10 February 1913. He lived with a Mr H Weldon of Bounty, Saskatchewan until war broke out, when he attested for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 10 October 1914. Robert came to England with the first Canadian contingent, and finished his training at Shorncliffe Camp. He went to the Western Front on 6 August 1915, and fought in France and Flanders. He was killed behind Hill 60 near Ypres at 0800 on the morning of 2 June 1916, by a trench mortar shell, after ten months in the trenches. Robert is buried near where he fell in the very pretty Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) cemetery, grave IV.A.14. He was 27 and is remembered on the war memorial in Manton.

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  • Manton Memorial
  • Manton Memorial 2
  • Larch Wood entrance
  • Larch Wood Railway Cutting 2
  • Robert Reeve gv
  • Robert Reeve headstone

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3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 14 December 2014
By John Stokes on Sunday 14th December '14 at 6:59pm
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.
Remembering John Breakspear of Langham in Rutland who died 100 years ago today of injuries sustained in #WW1 A careā€¦ 6:03 PM May 13th

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