ATTER Christopher Francis

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Christopher Francis Atter enlisted ten days after war broke out even though he was just 16 and a pupil at Oakham School. In November 1915 he went to Sandhurst and was commissioned into the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 18 July 1916. He was a platoon commander in C Company when he was killed in action on 21 March 1918 near St Quentin in the big German offensive that began that day, one of 13 Rutlanders to die. He was 19 and had been wounded previously. As recorded in the Green Tiger magazine of 1981, Christopher's Commanding Officer wrote: "His company was sent forward to assist a battalion that was holding a front system of trenches. The company had much heavy fighting and that evening returned to a Reserve Line, having lost every Officer except one (later killed) and the greater portion of the men. The Company did most gallant work, and stopped the enemy rush to a great extent, and caused the enemy heavy losses." Christopher was the son of James and Margaret Atter, of Windybrow, Melton Mowbray and the younger brother of James Atter who also died during the war. He is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial and on the memorial at Oakham School Chapel.

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  • Oakham School Chapel
  • Oakham School Memorial 1
  • Arras Memorial
  • Arras Memorial 9
  • C F Atter

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Parents lived in Melton Mowbray, so not really a Rutlander.Born 26/5/1898Oakham School Rugby ColourCommissioned from Royal Military College, Sandhurst
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 1:55pm
A picture of his name on the memorial, taken 19 March 2016.
By John Stokes on Saturday 19th March '16 at 10:50pm
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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