RYAN Donald Whitmore

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Donald Whitmore Ryan was a pupil at Oakham between 1904 and 1912. He came from an Army family, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry and Penelope Ryan who lived at Earls Court in London, and the grandson of Colonel T Maxwell and Colonel E M Ryan. Donald was a Second Lieutenant with the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 9 May 1915 during the Battle of Aubers Ridge aged 20 while attached to the 2nd Battalion. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 7, and on the war memorial in Oakham School chapel.

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Born 1895.Oakham School 1904-12: Prefect; Rugby (captain) and Cricket Colours; Corporal in the Officers' Training Corps (school photos to follow).Remembered on Panel 7 of the Ploegsteert Memorial.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 6:07pm
A picture of his name on the Memorial, taken on a visit to the cemetery 28 February 2016.
By John Stokes on Sunday 28th February '16 at 5:05pm
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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