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Harry Stafford was born at Ketton on 28 July 1881, the son of Harry and Julia Stafford of the Green, Ketton. He became a regular soldier and fought in the Boer War. After completing his service he worked at Blackstone engineering works in Stamford. When the First World War broke out, he joined up again, in September 1914, enlisting in the Lincolnshire Regiment. George Phillips writes: "He went out to France on 9 March 1915 with the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and took part in the desperate fighting at the Richebourg-Festubert operations in which the Lincolns met with heavy losses. They lost eight officers and two hundred and fifty-eight men in this battle, the whole brigade having over 4,500 casualties. When it is stated that the same battalions, only two months before, had been cut up so terribly at Neuve Chappelle we can but marvel at the iron nerve which enabled them once again to endure so searching a test." Harry Stafford was killed by a sniper's bullet on 16 June 1915 on the Menin Road, north of Ypres, as he was taking a message to headquarters. He has no known grave and is remembered on Panel 21 of the Menin Gate as well as on Ketton's war memorial.Two of his brothers, Jack and Mark, also fought in the war. Mark was the first Ketton man to be wounded and Harry the first to be killed.

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  • Ketton Church
  • Ketton Memorial
  • Ketton Memorial 4
  • Menin Gate
  • Panel 21 Lincolnshire Regt
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I've just stumbled on your website...I'm so glad I did. Harry Stafford is my relative! He was my grandad's brother. My grandad was John {known as Jack} Stafford. They lived at 1 The Green, Ketton. My dad was Joseph Roy Stafford. I've heard a lot from my dad about his childhood in Ketton. I was told Harry had been shot in the head, but I thought it was a family myth. We started to research our family tree when I came out of the army but my dad died of cancer in 1986 and I didn't get much further. I visited Ketton a year or so ago. I saw the Stafford name on the mews by the railway and I found 1 The Green. Weird to think my family had been there for generations probably
By 1052 Bobby Blue on Thursday 7th August '14 at 8:21pm
I've just stumbled across your website. Harry Stafford is my relative! He was my granddad's brother. My granddad was John {known as Jack} Stafford of 1 The Green, Ketton. He had 6 children. My dad was Joseph Roy Stafford. He told me a lot about his early life in Ketton. We started researching our family tree after I came out of the army but my dad died in 1986 and I stopped. I visited Ketton a year or so ago and found the Stafford name above the window on the mews by the railway. I also found 1 The Green, Ketton. Was a weird feeling to find my family's home from so far back. I may have posted this a few mins ago but I'm not sure if it went on or has to be approved first, so you might have 2 posts!
By 1052 Bobby Blue on Thursday 7th August '14 at 8:36pm

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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