RUNNELS-MOSS Eric Cross Arnold

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Eric Cross Arnold Runnels-Moss was a pupil at Oakham School between 1913 and 1917 before enlisting with the Royal Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade. He was one of the dozen pupils at the school who were the sons of vicars and died in the First World War. His parents were the Reverend Arthur and Emily Runnels-Moss who lived in Ladywood Vicarage in Edgbaston in Birmingham. Eric died of his wounds while a prisoner of war in Germany on 9 July 1918 at the Fortress Hospital in Mainz after being captured on the 21 March 1918 during the first day of the big German Spring Offensive near Lagnicourt. He was 20 and is now buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery at Kassel in Germany, grave III.H.3, and is remembered in Oakham School Chapel. Eric had a brother who was killed in action with the Royal Flying Corps. In December 2014 Eric's medals were sold at auction for £300.

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Born 1898.Oakham School 1913-17: Head of School; Rugby Colour; Lance Corporal in Officers' Training Corps.Buried in Grave 111 H3, Niederzwehren Cemetery in Germany (photo attached).
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 6:02pm
6 images Some pictures of Mr Runnels-Moss' headstone, taken 22 February 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 22nd February '15 at 6:37pm
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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