Harry Warboys was born at Belmesthorpe, near Ryhall on Valentine's Day, 14 February 1892, the son of Simeon and Millicent Warboys. Two of his elder brothers, Amos and George also fought in the First World War but survived. Harry was a platelayer and joined up in 1915, going out to the Western Front shortly afterwards with 6th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He fought in several battles before being killed on July 3 1916 by machine gun fire in the Battle of the Somme as his battalion attacked Ovillers, a strongly fortified village in the centre of the German front line. He was in the same battalion as Second Lieutenant Basil Wood who died in the same action. Harry has no known grave and is remembered on Pier 5D of the Thiepval Memorial, one of more than fifty men from Rutland remembered there. Harry's name is also on Ryhall's war memorial.
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