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Private Alfred Crofts was born in Tickencote on 25 September 1890, the son of William Crofts and his wife. He was a personal servant before enlisting on 9 November 1914 with the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He went to the Western Front the following March and on 3 July 1916 was killed in action with the 1st Battalion during the Battle of the Somme. The Lincolns, part of 62nd Brigade, had the job of capturing Shelter Wood north-east of Fricourt as part of a pincer movement to capture the village itself. It was a tough task with heavy fire coming not only from the wood but from the smaller Birch Tree Wood nearby. But it was eventually cleared of the enemy, 800 of whom surrendered. Alfred died in this action. He is now buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers, grave IV.H.5, and remembered in the church at Tickencote.

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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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