BLACKETT William Stewart Burdett

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William Stewart Burdett Blackett was a former career soldier and served in the Boer War with the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. He was living in Manton Grange with his wife Prudence and young son Christopher at the time the First World War began and as a reservist was called up immediately, serving with the Leicestershire Yeomanry. William was killed at Poperinge on 24 November 1914 in the First Battle of Ypres. After his death his family put a notice in one of the national newspapers "in proud and loving memory" of Captain Blackett and including the line: "Splendid you passed, the great surrender made." He is buried at Poperinge Communal Cemetery, grave I.B.3, where the inscription on his headstone reads: "Mortally wounded Nov 20th while attached Leicestershire Yeomanry. Pro Patria." William is also remembered on the war memorial in Manton churchyard, as well as on the one to "A" Squadron Leicestershire Yeomanry at Oakham Castle. His widow Prudence opened up Manton Grange as a temporary hospital in early 1915. It treated wounded soldiers for nine months before its medical equipment was donated to Uppingham Auxillary Hospital. Prudence was later recorded as living in Arbigland, Dumfries, under the name of Mrs Blackett Swiny.

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3 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 10:36pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
2 images Also remembered on the MCC Members WW1 Memorial at Lords Cricket Ground
By John Stokes on Thursday 25th December '14 at 2:12am
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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