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Francis Underwood was a pupil at Oakham School between 1902 and 1907. He was the son of Francis and Elisabeth M Underwood, of 26 Westland Road, Watford. He joined the 18th Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) as a private on 15 September 1914 and gazetted as Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion on 8 July 1916. Francis died of wounds on 18 April 1917 at 36th Casualty Clearing Station, sustained when his battalion was engaged in helping to push the Germans back to the Hindenburg Line. Francis was 27 years old. He is buried in grave I.D.3 at Cayeux Military Cemetery and is remembered on the war memorial at Oakham School Chapel.

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  • Cayeux Miltary Cemetery 1
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Born 13th May 1890.Oakham School 1902-08: Prefect; Rugby and Cricket Colgrave photo attached.ours.Graduated from Birmingham University; civil engineer.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 6:45pm
2 images Some pictures of Mr Underwood's headstone
By John Stokes on Monday 1st December '14 at 3:35am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Another picture of Mr Underwood's headstone, taken 22 August 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 2:43pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

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