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Charles Henry Chamberlain was born in Somersby in Lincolnshire in early 1891, but moved almost immediately to live with his grandparents John and Susannah in Empingham. He is registered as living there in the 1891 census aged five months, but no surviving records give details as to who his mother and father were. But Charles grew up with his grandparents in the village at 44 Main Street in Empingham. After his grandparents both died he moved to lodge at Thompson's Lodge in the village with the Taylor family. He enlisted with the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment at Coalville and died eight days before the First World War ended, in Northern France. Charles has no known grave, but is remembered in on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France, as well as on Empingham's war memorial.

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  • Empingham Church
  • Empingham plaque
  • Empingham Memorial
  • Empingham Memorial 4
  • Vis-en-Artois-drone 2
  • Vis-en-Artois Memorial 1
  • Vis-en-Artois Memorial 3
  • Vis-en-Artois memorial 5
  • Vis-en-Artois Memorial cross

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A picture of Mr Chamberlain's name on the Memorial, taken 21 March 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 24th March '15 at 9:57pm
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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