STOKES John Thomas

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John Thomas Stokes was born in Oakham on 12 June 1899. He was the son of George and Annie Stokes and lived at 43 West Road in Oakham. He was a motor mechanic and fitter, employed at Hinman's garage along Mill Street in Oakham before he enlisted. He joined up on 27 November 1917 just a few months after his 18th birthday. John went to France on 7 August 1918 and fell at Ronssoy on 18 September, killed by a shell during the big September advance. George Phillips writes: "His body was found by Gnr. C. L. Morris, 7th F.A. Brigade, Australia Imperial Force, who, with other members of the same battery, gave him a proper burial, and erected a cross above his grave. Gnr. Morris, writing to his parents, said: "Your son died as I am sure he would have wished during one of the most victorious advances made by the British troops in this war. Great as will be the blow to you, I am sure it will be softened by the knowledge that your son died a soldier and a man, having sacrificed his life in a great cause. We paid him the last and best respects within our power and buried him in such a place that his grave will be kept and honoured, and serve as a memory to those who pass, of one who gave his all for his home and country." Today John lies in Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, grave II.C.17. His elder brother George also fought in the First World War and survived.

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2 images Mr Stokes' grave
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 2:44pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
2 images Mr Stokes' grave
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 2:46pm
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.

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