THORNTON Frank Cecil

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Frank Cecil Thornton was the son of George and Emily Thornton of Bromley House, South Street, Oakham and elder brother of Frederick William Thornton who also died in the war. He was a clerk in the Rutland Education Office when war broke out. He enlisted in Melton Mowbray on 9 September 1914 and joined the 11th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment as a Private. He gained a commission a year later on 10 September 1915, becoming a Lieutenant on 1 July 1916. Frank went to France on 4 May 1916. While teaching his men to throw live grenades, he was killed almost instantly by the premature bursting of a Mills bomb. Six of his men were also wounded. His Commanding Officer wrote: "I cannot express the regret I feel at such a disaster... I feel most severely the loss of such a promising officer, he was always keen about his work and very painstaking, and for his future I had great hopes." He was buried with full Military Honours in Ferme Olivier Cemetery, Elverdinge, grave I.B.8, on 15 July 1916 and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.

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  • Ferme-Olivier Cemetery 1
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  • Ferme-Olivier Cemetery 3
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Ferme-Olivier cemetery.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 12:03pm
We visited Frank's grave on August 12th 2014.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 12:05pm
3 images Some pictures of Mr Thornton’s headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 21st April '15 at 5:48pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Frank Cecil Thornton and Frederick William Thornton and my father CharlesAlexander Scott Thornton all fought in the First World War. Only Charles survived.
By Scott on Saturday 15th July '17 at 9:21pm

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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