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John Fowler was born at Langtoft, near Market Deeping in Lincolnshire, the son of John and Jane Fowler. He was born around 1895, one of nine children. He enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and was killed fighting on the Somme on 23 October 1916 aged 20. His battalion was ordered to attack Zenith Trench north of Lesboeufs. The battalion war diary described what happened: "At Zero hour the battalion assaulted following the creeping barrage as close as possible. As soon as the Bn started to assault, a very gallant German officer ran down his own parapet and got his men up and stopped us by rapid rifle fire." The battalion also suffered heavily from German machine guns and only a few men reached their objective. John was one of the casualties. He has no known grave and is rememembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier 1C. He is also remembered on the war memorial at Tinwell. His is the top name on the plaque inside the church. We do not know what his links to the village were but it is possible he was working in Tinwell before he went off to war.

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  • Tinwell Memorial 1
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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.
Remembering John Breakspear of Langham in Rutland who died 100 years ago today of injuries sustained in #WW1 A careā€¦ 6:03 PM May 13th

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