NEEDHAM William Frederick

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William Frederick Needham was the son of Richard and Ann Needham of Oakham and was married to Annie. He was 35 when he was killed on 15 May 1918, serving with 11th Battalion Leicestshire Regiment. His battalion war diary entry for that day says many of his Company were working on wiring advance posts when the area was shelled at around 1.30pm killing three and injuring five. William is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 near Ypres, grave IV.D.17. He was 35 years old. After the war his wife was recorded as living in the Aylestone area of Leicester.

William does not appear to be on the Oakham War Memorial, perhaps because he and his wife were living in Leicester at the time he joined up. There is a W Needham on the memorial, but we think this is another William Needham from Oakham who is also remembered on Langham's war memorial where his father was living.

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  • W F Needham 2a JB
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3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 7:59pm
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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