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Harry Weston, son of John and Ellen Weston, moved to Greetham from Gumley, Market Harborough with his brother John to take over their grandfather's bakery business. He volunteered and joined the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 13 November 1914 and went out to France on 29 July 1915. He was killed during the Battle of the Somme as the Leicestershires attacked Bazentin-le-Petit Wood. For many months he was posted as missing in action and his body was never found. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier 3A, and on Greetham's war memorial. Harry's brother John also fought in the war but survived. John's son, named Harry after his brother, is pictured below outside the original bakery, which became his home, shortly before his death in 2014.

See where all our Rutland soldiers died during the Battle of the Somme on our interactive map.

Harry Weston is not mentioned in Rutland and the Great War. All the information above comes courtesy of Greetham and the Great War published in 2014. The photographs of Harry Weston were contributed to Greetham and the Great War by his great nephew Peter Weston and were taken in 1915 when Harry would have been training before going out to France.

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  • Harry Weston, from his Great Nephew
  • Greetham church
  • Greetham Memorial
  • Thiepval memorial 1
  • Thiepval pier 3a
  • H Weston 2

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Mr Weston's name on Pier 3A of the Thiepval Memorial.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 9:54am
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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