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Sapper Ernest Billings was the elder son of Joseph and Caroline Billings, of 16 West Road, Oakham, and was born on 11 October 1896. He worked as a watchmaker, and enlisted in the Royal Engineers in November 1915. He served in the 7th Division Signal Company. His death on 23 December 1918, was due to broncho-pneumonia caused by 'flu. He is buried at Kantara War Cemetery, Egypt, grave E.421. Ernest's brother Herbert, a year younger than him, also died in the war. Both brothers are remembered on Oakham's war memorial in the grounds of All Saints' Church, and also on a brass plaque inside the Baptist Church along the High Street.

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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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