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Lieutenant George Barrett was one of many vicars' sons from Rutland to have died in the First World War. He was the youngest son of the Reverend Benjamin and Emily Barrett of Braunston, and was born at the vicarage on 19 May 1890. He won a scholarship to Marlborough College in December 1902, entering the school at midsummer 1903. In 1909 he went to University College, Oxford, taking second class honours in Classical Mods in 1911, and second class honours in History Finals in June 1913. When war broke out he was teaching, and volunteered on 4 September through the Oxford Officer Training Corps, being gazetted on 4 October to the 11th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, later transferring to the 12th Battalion. He was promoted full Lieutenant in December 1914, and left the Isle of Wight on his 25th birthday, 19 May 1915, for Liverpool, where he embarked for Gallipoli. Now attached to the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment he landed on 30 May. He was in the front line from 2 June and took part in battles for Krithia on 4 June and 6 June, fighting against stiff Turkish opposition. From this time, except for fourteen days in July, he was generally in the trenches, with short periods at the beach at Cape Helles, either roadmaking or unloading ships. On 6 August his regiment went into the trenches to make a diversion to draw the Turks' attention from the landing at Suvla Bay. After this action he, with sixteen other officers, were reported "missing" later reported "missing, believed killed." On 12 February 1916, his father received a communication from the War Office to say that "a report has just been received which states that Lieutenant George Barrett, 12th Royal Warwickshires, is now reported killed in action." It was stated that George was one of the first officers to go over the parapet, and that he was hit about twenty yards from the trenches, when leading his men. He is remembered on panel 36 of the Helles Memorial, and at his father's church in Braunston.

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  • Braunston Church
  • G Barret plaque
  • Braunston Memorial
  • Braunston Memorial RR1
  • Braunston Memorial RR4
  • Helles Memorial 2
  • Helles Memorial 1
  • G Barrett panel
  • G Barrett 1

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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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