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Private George Beaver is one of 14 men from Dean Street in Oakham to die during the First World War. He was born at Oakham on 16 May 1889, the son of William and Jane Beaver of 20, Dean Street. He was a platelayer on the Midland Railway before joining up on 10 December 1915. He first enlisted in the Leicestershire Regiment and later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, serving with 70th Company. He went out to France in July 1916, and within days was involved in the Battle of the Somme. His Company fought around Albert, Fricourt and Contalmaison with some losses on most days. On the 29th and 30th September the Company pushed on to Martinpuich, and we believe it was here that George was one of nine men injured and killed. George died from his wounds on 1 October on the 19th Ambulance Train. Two days earlier his mother had received a "cheerful" letter from him. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, grave B.22.10, and also remembered on the war memorial at All Saint's Church in Oakham.

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Having conducted my family history, I can confirm that Private George Beaver (35108) was a distant relation of mine, and was DEFINITELY related to ALL of the other Beaver fallen on this site.
By Derbyshirelad on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 3:04pm
George was the last of 11 children born to Jane Beaver. 2 were stillborn and 3 died at a very young age. Her husband William died in 1913, then George was killed in 1916. One of the stillborn was twin sister to George.
By Dadobungo on Monday 20th October '14 at 8:49pm
4 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 8 January 2015.My apologies for the quality – weather and light conditions were very poor
By John Stokes on Friday 9th January '15 at 9:49am
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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