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Private George Wakefield was the son of Robert Wakefield and his wife of The Square, Ryhall and was born on 1 December 1897. He was a bricklayer before joining up on 2 December 1916, enlisting originally in the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He went to the Western Front on 5 April 1917, but came home suffering from trench feet and fever. He returned to France on 3 April 1918, and was transferred to the 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. George was reported missing in action two weeks later. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial, Panel 35, and also on the plaque in Ryhall church.

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A picture of his name on Tyne Cot Memorial, taken 12 September 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 11:41am
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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