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Samuel Woodcock, a regular soldier, was one of 14 men from Dean Street in Oakham killed in the First World War. He was the younger brother of Thomas, and the cousin of William Woodcock who also died. He was born in 1887 near Oundle, the son of John and Emma Woodcock who later lived at 31, Dean Street in Oakham. He was already in the army before the war, enlisting in the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment in 1906. He went abroad in 1908, serving in Egypt, Malta, and India, before going to France at the outbreak of war in August 1914. He arrived there on 10 November 1914, and fought at Mons and Neuve Chapelle, where he was killed by a shell on 9 May 1915. Samuel is remembered on Panel 7 of the Ploegsteert Memorial and also on Oakham's war memorial.

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A picture of his name on the Memorial, taken on a visit to the cemetery 28 February 2016.
By John Stokes on Sunday 28th February '16 at 5:09pm
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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