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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