BOOTH Nathaniel

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Private Nathaniel Booth was the son of Nathaniel and Adeliza Booth of 21 Dean Street, Oakham, and was born there in 1898. He was one of three men from the same street to die on the same day. His brother Napthali also died in the First World War. Nathaniel was a farm labourer and joined the 1st/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment in 1915. He went out to France the same year, and was killed by a bullet in the fighting around Lens on 8 June 1917. The 5th Leicestershires with the 4th Lincolnshires were in the forefront of a large attack which resulted in the Germans being forced back with heavy losses in killed and wounded. Nathaniel's body was never found and he is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial and the war memorial in the grounds of All Saint's Church in Oakham. Also from Dean Street and killed fighting on 8 June 1917 were Herbert Carter and John Fisher, who also lost a brother. Nathaniel's parents were later recorded as living in Lees Yard, Northgate, Oakham.

In Rutland and the Great War, George Phillips spells his name as Nathanael. But the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has him as Nathaniel.

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