James Edward Atter, one of two brothers to die, was a pupil at Oakham School and enlisted the day after the war started, on 5 August 1914 at Oakham. He was a Private with the 1st/5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and was killed in action less than a year later, on 16 April 1916. He was 19. His younger brother Christopher also died aged 19, after enlisting at the age of 16. They were both sons of James and Margaret Atter, of Windybrow, Melton Mowbray. James' Commanding Officer wrote: "He was killed by a rifle shot fired at random." He is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi, near Arras, grave I.A.14 and is also remembered in Oakham School Chapel. He was a rugby and cricket colour during his time at the school.
Picture below of Oakham School Cricket First XI courtesy Andrew Renshaw, author of Wisden on the Great War.
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