ATTER James Edward

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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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Grave photo attached
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 1:57pm
Born 1896
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 1:59pm
Grave photo attached.School photo to come.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 2:00pm
Grave Photo
By BN on Wednesday 18th June '14 at 9:59am
From a photo of the Oakham cricket XI of 1914
By MikeF on Tuesday 15th July '14 at 5:27pm
5 images Some pictures of Mr Atter’s headstone, taken 21 March 2015 and 12 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Monday 20th April '15 at 9:20pm
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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