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Private Harry Waters, son of Thomas and Mary Waters of Tickencote Lodge, was born John Henry Waters in Gretton, the only boy of eight children. In 1911 the family was living in Kirby Hall, Dene, Northamptonshire. His parents later moved to Tickencote and lived in Tickencote Lodge. Harry enlisted in the 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment on 13 January 1915, and went to France the following August. He took part in the Battle of Arras, was wounded twice, and also suffered from frostbite. He was killed on 10 November 1917 while serving with the 1st Battalion during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) in the very last stage of the battle. The war diary says his battalion moved into position south-east of Poelcapelle on the evening of 9 November: "Very difficult to move about, mud and water very bad." The following day 3rd Brigade attacked on the battalion's right but was driven back by fierce German counterattacks. The diary says the Northamptonshires held a line of shell holes on a length of front of about 1500 yards. The mud and surface water would have made digging trenches impossible and shell holes were the only form of cover available however unpleasant they were to shelter in. German shelling caused some casualties among the Northants and George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War says this is how Harry died. His Commanding Officer wrote: "He was one of my best men, and I feel the loss of him very much." Harry's is the only Rutland grave in the vast Tyne Cot cemetery, the biggest Commonwealth cemetery in the world, although many other Rutland soldiers are remembered on the memorial panels at the back. He is buried approximately where the poppy has been placed on the map, grave XXXV.H.13. Harry is remembered on a plaque which once hung in Toll Bar Methodist Chapel but is now in Little Casterton's church. Here his name is given as Henry J Waters.

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2 images Pictures of his headstone, taken 12 September 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 1:46pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
2 images Visiting Mr Waters’ grave
By John Stokes on Sunday 10th December '17 at 5:13am
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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