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Ernest Couzens was born in Essendine, the youngest son of John and Mary Couzens who later moved a short distance away to Carlby in Lincolnshire. He joined the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and went to France on 29 July 1915. He was killed during the Battle of the Somme on 14 July 1916 in an attack on Bazentin Le Peitit Wood. Ernest is buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery near Mametz, grave II.C.6, and remembered on Carlby's war memorial. But Ernest is not on Essendine's war memorial and is not mentioned in George Phillips' Rutland and the Great War.

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Ernest Couzens is commemorated on the memorial plaque in St Stephen's Church, Carlby.
By cbrandal on Tuesday 6th January '15 at 3:53pm
A picture of Mr Couzens' headstone taken 5 December 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 9:41am
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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