Henry William Loane, known as Harry, and his brother Samuel Loane both died on the same day fighting in Gallipoli. The brothers enlisted in Stamford in August 1914, answering Lord Kitchener's call for men to join up. Both brothers enlisted initially in the Lincolnshire Regiment, although Samuel later transferred to the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Samuel and Harry left in early July 1915 as part of the Expeditionary Force heading to Malta and then on to Gallipoli, where they took part in the Suvla Bay landings. Both were killed on 9 August 1915 in the days immediately after the landings. We know little about their connections to Rutland, but both appear on the Toll Bar Chapel war memorial, which is now hanging at Little Casterton Church. They were born in Suffolk but according to census records the family moved around a lot. Harry's war records place his parents at Great Casterton at the time of their death. They show he enlisted on 28 August 1914, and had already spent five years in the reserves. Neither brother has a grave, but both are remembered on Helles Memorial, Harry is on Panel 47, as well as the plaque in Little Casterton. Also remembered in Little Casterton is George Bryan who died on the same day as the two Loanes, also in the fighting at Gallipoli.
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