WILLOUGHBY The Hon. Peter Robert Heathcoat Drummond

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The Honourable Peter Willoughby died in one of the early naval actions of the war, the Battle of Coronel off the coast of Chile, which also claimed the life of another Empingham villager, Frederick James BrownPeter was the youngest of ten children of Gilbert Henry Heathcote who represented Rutland as an MP in the House of Commons for eleven years before becoming the 1st Earl of Ancaster. Peter married Pamela May and joined the Royal Navy. As a Lieutenant Commander was aboard the armoured cruiser HMS Monmouth when it was part of a squadron destroyed by a superior German force. Monmouth was bombarded by the German armoured cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst and sank with her entire crew. Peter is remembered on Panel 1 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial and also on Empingham's war memorial.

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  • Plymouth Naval Memorial 5a
  • Panel 1
  • P R H D Willoughby 2a

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From the Nottingham Evening Post dated 6 November 1914.
By cbrandal on Thursday 29th January '15 at 1:52pm

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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